The Emmaus Commons is newly renovated and expanded and is centrally located in the center of the grounds. The Hall of Champions, our main dining room, seats up to 120 guests and is typically where most meals are held for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our food service staff works in the state of the art kitchen to provide hot, homemade, delicious meals all year round. The Founders Room is directly off of the dining area and includes a beautiful mantel and stone gas fireplace that can be used for meetings or a small dining area for up to 60 people. The Foresman Forum is our state of the art meeting room that can be used for boards, non-profit organizations, or businesses. Seating for approximately 30 guests, it is an ideal meeting and dining space for groups and has a wonderful view of the lake. Wifi and conference call capabilities are available. Also in the Emmaus Commons is Casowasco’s Riggall Gift Shop. The Gift Shop has items ranging from mugs to fleece jackets and is a popular destination after meals.
Galilee is the recently renovated, former summer home of the Case Family. The history of the building melds beautifully with the new accommodations (finished in the Spring of 2002), creating an ideal place for groups to meet. This is the building most guests equate with Casowasco because of its history, location (on the lake), and beauty.
The Rusty Best Memorial Library features an unmatched view of Owasco Lake and a cozy place to enjoy a book. Galilee also has a large living room that is typically used as the main meeting area for groups. The 2nd Floor has seen the most work and has become the most luxurious place to stay on site. Almost all of the bedrooms feature their own bathrooms and a beautiful view.
Galilee includes 12 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and 9 showers to accommodate up to 29 guests. Pillows and blankets are included with each room. Linens are an extra $6 per guest. Also included in the building is a brand new piano, 2 covered porches, 1 gas fireplace, and a kitchenette. The campfire circle is located on the Casowasco Point.
The history of Galilee is part of its unique charm. The building we now call Galilee was the former summer home of Theodore and Gertrude Case. Built in 1896 and uniquely designed to fit the contour of the shoreline, it quickly became the centerpiece of the Case estate. The rail road that runs along the property dropped off many famous guests during those years - including an alleged visit by Mr. Walt Disney.
After the purchase of the property in 1946, Galilee began to undergo what would be several changes, all with the intent of making the building into a retreat facility. In the late 70’s, it was almost closed for lack of funds to make the upgrades - but through volunteer work and an aggressive fund raising campaign, Galilee survived. Recent history has been very good to the facility. A large gift given by Peg Shields in the name of her parents, the Vetters, has enabled a massive renovation - insuring that this beautiful piece of history will be used for many years to come.
Bethany is located alongside the shoreline of Owasco Lake, offering guests a beautiful view from the main meeting area. Bethany has a unique layout, in that it is made up of 3 "pods" interconnected by hallways. These "pods" give guests great flexibility for their activities and programs. Bethany also is equipped with a kitchenette, a wood stove, a wheelchair lift, a TV and DVD/VCR, and a piano. The campfire circle is just a few steps out from the main meeting area.
The two housing "pods", called the west wing and east wing, house a total of 64 guests (32 each). Each wing has 8 bedrooms, with 4 beds. There are also a total of 4 bathrooms w/showers in each wing. All bedrooms include pillows and blankets.
Bethany was built in 1962, with the purpose of providing the site with a large, guest-friendly retreat facility. The architect modeled the building's octagonal pods after Galilee's historic south porch. Bethany was built on the land that was previously the Case family boathouse and the site's craft shop. The large meeting area included a glass fireplace that stood in the center of the building. This was taken out some 20 years later to make the area more beneficial to large groups and programming.
Capernaum has a dormitory setting with four rooms that sleep eleven guests apiece. The building is set in a wooded area to offer a natural, rustic feel. The Railroad Trail offers a scenic, low-impact hike to and from the Emmaus Commons, waterfront area and the Lakeview Chapel.
Each room has at least one bathroom with 2 sinks, 1 toilet, and 1 shower. Altogether the building provides 6 showers, and seven toilets. The lodge meeting space has a fireplace, a piano, and a kitchenette. The room is perfect for meetings and evening programs, while the campfire circle provides a place to sing and make s’mores. Capernaum is available from May 1st to November 1st.
Capernaum was constructed after Mount Tabor, in 1965. The architects, Teisch and Morton designed the building to be open only in the summer but some renovations have allowed it to be open all year - with the exception of some of the colder months.
The Lakeview Chapel is a beautiful, seasonal worship space located on main site. The chapel sits 200 comfortably and is ideal for Weddings, Sunday services, and as a large group meeting area. The altar/stage area is perfect for drama, music and multimedia presentations (with LCD Projector and large screen) - making the area flexible and accommodating to both traditional and contemporary services. The Chapel also has a Yamaha Clavinova for use by guests.
The Koert Foster Memorial Center is located directly underneath the Chapel and provides theater-style seating for 100 guests or 75 at tables, a gas-insert fireplace, a piano, a kitchenette and two restrooms. This well lit space, with its versatile arrangement, has quickly become a favorite space for quilting guilds and craft groups. The Foster Center can be used in conjunction with the Chapel or booked separately.
Plans for a Chapel at Casowasco were drawn up early in it's history. Eli Whitney and Don Boyd rallied campers to build an outdoor chapel for morning worship and evening vespers. In 1947, the Lakeview Campgrounds were sold and the proceeds designated for the building of the "Lakeview Chapel". The architect designed the building after a rustic chapel in the mountains of Arizona which featured a large window behind the altar looking out at the view. The Chapel was dedicated on June 21st, 1953. The Foster Center is named in honor of Koert Foster, the long time, beloved manager of Casowasco who died tragically in a hunting accident in 1974.
Mount Tabor is a complex of four cabins and a main lodge set on a tree filled hill top. Offering a more rustic experience and natural setting, Mt. Tabor is a favorite for family camping, church camping and youth retreats. Each of the four cabins have the same floor plan and can sleep up to 14 guests apiece. Dividers within the cabins allow for privacy between genders or families. Each cabin also has a pavilion nearby for outdoor activities or meals.
The main lodge is a short distance from the cabins and provides a large meeting space, a fire place, a kitchenette and 2 dormitory-style bathrooms. The campfire circle is a perfect place for singing and s'mores in the evening. A staircase entitled Jacob's Ladder provides easy access to the Emmaus Commons, the waterfront area and the Lakeview Chapel. Mt. Tabor is available from May 15th through September 30th.
"While many of the churches of Central New York were enlarging their facilities to accommodate the postwar baby boom, Casowasco continued adding buildings. As Bethany neared completion (1962) plans for a cabin unit on the knoll midway up the hill from the point were moving from dream to reality. Builder Richard Hoyt began construction summer '63 and completed work that fall. This investment of $49,700 brought into being Mt. Tabor - a cluster of four separate cabins with a central lodge - Casowasco's first facility specifically designed for small group camping."
(an excerpt from "Casowasco - A Place of Vision" by Phyllis Coville)
Donated by Mr. Alec C. Proskine as Sabbath space for Clergy and their families, this beautiful log cabin was dedicated in 2010.
It has 2 bedrooms, 1 with a queen bed and the other with a twin day bed with twin trundle bed. The loft is also furnished with a queen bed. The cabin is fully furnished and stocked with all of the items a person or small group would need during their stay. A fully functional kitchen accommodates meal preparation.
The Alec Proskine Welcome Center has been named after the donor, the late Alec C. Proskine who helped fund the Welcome Center and the new Prayer Cabin. The Welcome Center is a state of the art office with a conference room, reception/waiting area, 4 administrative offices and a large program/summer staff area where summer leadership staff plan all the summer programs at Casowasco.
Wesley lodge is a retreat facility perfect for smaller groups and gatherings. The lodge has two lounge spaces, one with a wood stove the other with a kitchenette. This building is ideal for youth groups, bible study groups, and groups engaged in learning (ie. pastoral classes, home school, etc.)
The lodge is a 2 story facility with the majority of guests staying in rooms of 2 on the second floor. Wesley has 11 bedrooms to accommodate up to 24 guests. There are 5 bathrooms, 4 showers located throughout the building. All bedrooms include pillows and blankets. Linens can be included for $6 per guest. The kitchenette has a coffee machine, tea, and hot cocoa.
Wesley Lodge was built in 1967 specifically for staff housing in the summer and for small retreat groups in non-summer months. A portion of Wesley has also acted as the infirmary for many years in the summer. In recent years, due to significant growth, Wesley has been used as a lodge for campers instead of a staff house.