Traditions at the Glen Our Story

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Welcome to Traditions at the Glen where you can immerse yourself in history while enjoying every modern pleasure and convenience. This is no ordinary hotel or overnight retreat. Discover period-themed, elegant rooms and suites and extraordinary ballrooms and event spaces. Indulge in, and enjoy, our king beds, fireplaces, claw foot bathtubs, nature preserve, modern bathrooms, full-service spa and Salt Cave.

Traditions at the Glen History
Traditions at the Glen History
Traditions at the Glen History
Traditions at the Glen History
Traditions at the Glen History
Traditions at the Glen History


Built in the 1900’s as a private residence, Traditions at the Glen has been an IBM Homestead and a destination for notable figures of the 20th century including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bing Crosby, Wernher von Braun and noted golf greats like Ben Hogan, Patty Berg and Sam Snead.


The mansion is built as a private residence for Mr. Eliot Spalding, the treasurer of the Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory, and his wife, Beatrice, and daughter, Elizabeth Rosalie.


The property is purchased by the Kalurah Shriners who built the original 9-hole golf course on the property and turned the mansion into a Masonic Clubhouse.


IBM bought the mansion and 430 acres of surrounding land. The Clubhouse was converted into a meeting ground for visiting executives and customers who came to learn how to use the newest data processing machines. The building was given the nickname the ‘IBM Homestead’.


The 18-hole championship golf course was designed and constructed by golf architect, John Van Kleek. Noted golf players of their day including Ben Hogan, Patty Berg, Sam Snead, Alice and Marlene Bauer, came to stay and play in tournaments on our course.


For years during the summer, the grounds around the mansion were filled with tents that housed members of the IBM sales force who had achieved 100% of their sales goals or more. Because so many of IBM’s employees met their sales goals there was no way the Homestead, with only 40 rooms, could house all of them. Tent City - also known as the Hundred Percent Club - was created with over 500 two-man tents, a dozen service tents, running water, electricity and even street signs on the grounds of the mansion to accommodate everyone.


Bing Crosby, one of the biggest stars of the era, is seen walking up the 4th fairway of the golf course. In addition, Thomas and Jeanette Watson of IBM direct the construction of beautiful stone bridges and hiking trails surrounding the creeks and waterfalls of the IBM Glen.


Many notable figures of the '30s and '40s spent a night (or two) here at The Homestead. Before his presidency, Dwight D. Eisenhower was a keynote speaker for IBM and resided in what is now known as the Eisenhower Suite.


As IBM began to move towards Information Technology and Support and relocating its manufacturing operations to larger US cities and overseas, the need for classrooms and training declined and IBM closed the doors of the beautiful Homestead.


The Homestead Developmental Group purchased the vacant property. There was major renovation and expansion of the mansion that retained its Old-World charm and historical accuracy while updating its functionality for the 21st century.


Traditions at the Glen – formerly the Spalding Mansion - will celebrate its 100-year anniversary.

100 Year Anniversary Badge

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The Beauty of The Glen and Binghamton


About the Glen

Traditions at the Glen is nestled in a 650-acre forested hillside beside a beautiful, natural Glen filled with effervescent waterfalls, stone bridges, and abundant bird and animal life. The Glen has always been a valued Binghamton treasure. Enjoy hiking, biking, dog walking, and cross-country skiing on its many trails and among its mature forest of maples, dark green hemlocks, tall oaks and occasionally a white pine or two. This "old growth forest" is located close to the stream and is an important part of The Glen.