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9620 Dry Run Road
Painted post, NY 14870


Watson Homestead is a full service conference and retreat center, open year-round, serving 8000 - 10,000 guests annually.  In addition to hotel-style accommodations and meeting rooms, Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center has an indoor, heated swimming pool; climbing tower, historic one room schoolhouse, hiking trails, miniature golf, archery range, ball fields, covered picnic pavilion, full summer cabin area, playgrounds and a meditation labyrinth. Guests are served home-cooked, healthy meals buffet style in our dining room with a fireplace and panoramic view of 375 acres.  Call us today to book a day or overnight meeting or retreat.  Watson Homestead is an excellent location for youth, sports or organizational retreats, weddings, clergy or religious retreat groups, conferences, trade shows, banquets, seminars, quilt, scrapping, yoga and wellness retreats, team building and staff training retreats.

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Maple Sugar Family Weekend

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Maple Sugar Family Weekend

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Things You Will Do!

Watson Wagon Ride, Collect Sap from Maple Trees, Make Maple Syrup, Woodworking and carving, Make Maple Candy, Feed the Evaporator and Keep the Fire Going, Learn About the Sugaring Process, Dutch Oven Cooking, Drink Maple Sap Tea, Eat Delicious Food!

Things You Want To Know!    

Lodging:  Attendees will choose to stay in our  hotel style West Wing Rooms or Retreat Center Cabins.   West wing rooms contain 2 double beds and private bath. (space is limited)  Our Retreat centers are dorm style accommodations and include a common room with fireplace for socializing.  Meals will be served in our Main lodge, beginning with Saturday breakfast through Sunday Brunch.

Mission Statement: Watson Homestead provides lodging, facilities and programs for those seeking educational enrichment, relaxation and spiritual renewal. We welcome all people to our serene setting with gracious hospitality.


 From the Southern Tier Expressway (State

Route 17 and Interstate 86) take exit 42

(Coopers Plains). Proceed North 3 miles on

County Road 26 (Meads Creek Rd), to the

Homestead entrance.  Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.

 Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center began as the dream of Thomas Watson Sr., founder of IBM, when he gave his boyhood family homestead to the Methodist Church. His desire was that it would serve as a place of recreation and retreat for all religious, social services, educational, and charitable organizations. That was over five decades ago. Since that humble beginning, Watson Homestead has opened its doors to many thousands of organizations, as well as served the needs of regional civic groups and Road Scholar program weeks. 

Registration Form: Cut and complete form below. Make Checks payable to Watson Homestead. Mail to 9620 Dry Run Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.

$50.00 deposit required. Balance due no later than March 2, 2018


 Weekend Registration



City___________________________________________ Zip_____________



Please Mark Requested Accommodations

_______________West Wing rooms (2 double beds, private en-suite bathroom/shower) $135 per adult, children 12 or younger $65. Meals included: Saturday (Breakfast, lunch, dinner). Sunday Brunch.

_______________Retreat Center Cabins (Dorm Style) $95 per adult, children 12-under $50 each. Meals included (Saturday B,L, D) Sunday Brunch.

Number of Adults Attending_____________ Number of Children 12-under attending___________

Total Due_____________________ Amount Enclosed_____________


Wood Carving, Maple Sugar Family Weekend

Wood Carving, Maple Sugar Family Weekend

Double Saw

Double Saw

Earlier Event: March 2
THINK Trivia
Later Event: March 17
Pancake Supper!