Benham House hotel

Benham House hotel

The Benham House in downtown Penn Yan, for some years the residence of prominent citizen, longtime dentist, and freethinker Charles Elmendorf.

Newspaper Clipping Announces Ingersolls' Arrival

Newspaper Clipping Announces Ingersolls' Arrival

This clipping from the Penn Yan Express of September 25, 1889, documents the Ingersoll party's arrival at the Benham House the previous day. After receiving the visitors described in the clipping, Ingersoll and his daughters traveled to Dresden to view his birthplace and the former church where his father had preached. Ingersoll delivered his County Fair speech on September 25. Image courtesy of Richard MacAlpine.

151 Main, Penn Yan, today

151 Main, Penn Yan, today

The Benham House site where Charles Elmendorf once resided is now occupied by this early-1960s bank branch.

Benham House Site Today

Benham House Site Today

During the years he lived at the Benham House, Charles Elmendorf enjoyed a very short commute. This photo, taken from the location of his dental practice at 124 Main, looks one block down Main Street. The bank branch now occupying the Benham site is partly visible, in front of the red brick Post Office with fan top windows.

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