This event was followed in the next year by an unquestionably national convention, held on August 22–25, 1878, in a city park and an opera house in Watkins (now Watkins Glen). That conference is best known for the arrest under obscenity laws of Bennett and two other activists for selling a marriage reform and birth control tract. The New York Freethinkers convened again in Watkins in 1882, holding lecture sessions at the Watkins opera house and a gala banquet honoring Bennett at the village's Glen Park Hotel.
The Buildings and Site. See photo two, below.
Special thanks to Ruth and James Chatfield and Rosa Fox for historical assistance.
The Cosad farm had two barns, (A) and (B); the residence (C); and the meeting hall (D). When the farm was sold in 1949, (A), (B), and (C) still stood. It was unclear whether the structure at (D) was the 1875 meeting hall or a replacement. Barn (A) was razed at an unknown date; Barn (B) was razed circa 1969. The top story of building (D) was removed after a 1960s fire. The main house (C) lost its upper floor at an unknown date following the sale.