Fair Ad Promoting Ingersoll Speech

Fair Ad Promoting Ingersoll Speech

The Yates County Fair ran this ad in the Penn Yan Express for September 18, 1889, promoting Ingersoll's appearance at the fair. Image courtesy Richard MacAlpine.

Yates County Fair

Yates County Fair

This image of the horse racing track at the Yates County Fair dates to 1908, but things probably did not look too much different when Ingersoll spoke in 1889. Photo courtesy Richard MacAlpine.

Newspaper Clipping Announces Ingersolls' Arrival

Newspaper Clipping Announces Ingersolls' Arrival

Robert Green Ingersoll and his two daughters, Maud and Eva, arrived in Penn Yan on September 24, 1889 via the Fall Brook Railway, and were greeted on arrival by the railroad's president. They stayed at what was then Penn Yan's premier hotel, the Benham House. After receiving some visitors the party proceeded to Dresden to view Ingersoll's birthplace and the former church where his father had preached.

Yates County Fair Site Today

Yates County Fair Site Today

Viewed from Monell Street across Lake Street, the former county fair site is now the mid-twentieth-century Lake Street Plaza. The entrance to the former fairgrounds probably occupied the site of the present gas station (to left of the stop sign), with the fairgrounds extending rearward and to the right of the stop sign.

Yates County Fair Site, Detail View

Yates County Fair Site, Detail View

Closer view of the Lake Street Plaza, a faded strip plaza that includes a small cinema triplex and a modest-sized anchor department store. Everything seen here would have been part of the fairgrounds when Ingersoll visited in 1889.

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