2022 Bluestone Study Tour

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Date: September 11-15, 2022
Location: Doubletree by Hilton Binghamton Hotel
225 Water Street
Binghamton, New York 13901, USA
Cost: $695.00

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The online silent auction opens at 12pm ET on Monday, September 5 and bids will be accepted until 8pm ET on Monday, September 12. Watch for escalating bids during the final hours of the silent auction—mark your calendars for Monday, September 12 at 5pm ET and make sure your bids stay competitive! Please note: all bidders for both the online and in-person auction must register. To view available products and set up your bidder account, visit our auction site.


An additional block of rooms is being held at the Holiday Inn - an easy, 7 minute walk from the Doubletree (.3 mile). If needed, follow directions below to book at Holiday Inn.

NOTE:  Unless otherwise informed, all meals, meetings and bus departures will be based from the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.

Click Here to Make Reservations at the Holiday Inn On-Line. Then follow the instructions below.

  • Click Book Now
  • Enter Check-In and Check-Out Dates, Rooms and Guests, then Rate Preference (use drop down to find group code, then Click on group code and enter NSI.  
  • Hit Search (It will show the rooms types and rate in our block)
  • Click on Select Room.
  • Click on Select Rate. It will then prompt you to enter guest information (name, address, email, etc.)
  • If you prefer, call 607-722-1212 ask for reservations.  You will need the Arrival Date and Group Code:  NSI

2022 Bluestone Study Tour!

The 2022 Natural Stone Institute Study Tour is scheduled for September 11-15. Join us as we explore the world of New York and Pennsylvania bluestone and experience some of this region’s best recreation, culture, and history.

The Bluestone Study Tour will be based at the Doubletree by Hilton Binghamton hotel. Registration includes all meals and transportation pertinent to the event and a souvenir t-shirt. Please note: lodging is not included in the registration fee.

Town hall and/or state of the industry meetings will be held during breakfast. Additional advocacy group meetings may be scheduled throughout the event. Bus rides will include brief sessions on industry updates and informational presentations.


CEU Details for Architects & Landscape Architects: 

Full Event: 9 hours CEU credit through AIA & LACES, $695.00

Monday Tours Only (11:00 am - 3:30 pm): 3 hours CEU credit, $50.00

Wednesday Tours Only (9:15 am  - 2:00 pm): 4 hours CEU credit, $50.00

Contact Dacia Woodworth for full agenda, ceu details, and registration. 


Tentative Schedule of Events:

Sunday, September 11

2:00pm – 3:30pm



4:00pm – 6:00pm Walking tour of historic stone architecture Downtown Binghamton, NY
6:00pm – 8:00pm Welcome Reception Roberson Museum and Planetarium

Monday, September 12

8:30am - 9:15am North American Quarry Advocacy Group meeting Doubletree Hotel
  Facilities and quarry tour Tompkins Bluestone Company
6:00pm Live Auction and Banquet
Get your products in front of study tour attendees or donate a unique item or experience. All proceeds benefit the Natural Stone Foundation.
Donations are needed for the Live Auction!

Tuesday, September 13

  Facility tour Sonny and Sons Stone Company


Open afternoon:
Sign up to enjoy one of the planned activities or use this time for exploring the area on your own or catching up on work. Additional fees apply.

Optional Activities:

  • 18-holes Golf w/cart
  • Salt Sanctuary and Spa Treatment SPA IS SOLD OUT!
  • Kayaking on the Tioughnioga River
  • Fly fishing 4-hour guided session w/all gear
  • Double A baseball game: NY Rumble Ponies vs. Hartford Yard Goats

Wednesday, September 14


Facility and quarries tour

Endless Mountain Minerals
  Bluestone rail bridge visit Historic Starrucca Viaduct
  Bluestone Installation LDS Priesthood Restoration Site
(homestead of LDS founder John Smith; site features bluestone cladding and paving)
  Picnic lunch

Hosted by Meshoppen Stone

  Team Challenge Miniature golf tournament

Closing reception

Doubletree Hotel


A fun way to support our industry. Exclusive access to the in-person-only items being auctioned LIVE at the study tour event, including stone, unique items and one-of-a-kind experiences.

All proceeds benefit the mission of the Natural Stone Foundation

LIVE and online auction items needed!
Download Donation Form.


Keep your company name, products and services top of mind with our attendees. Sponsors may provide promotional material for welcome bag, and will receive on site, website, and newsletter recognition, plus company logo on the event T-Shirt.

Sponsor Now

  • Welcome Package $ 500
  • Team Building/Give Back $ 750
  • Opening Bar/Reception $ 750
  • Transportation $1,000
  • Closing Reception $1,250


Cancellation and Travel Info

2022 Study Tour Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations made prior to August 19 will be eligible for a full refund. Cancellations made after August 19 but before August 26 are eligible for refund less $100 administrative fee. We regret, due to advance expenses we must commit to, NO REFUNDS for cancellations made after August 26th.

Travel Information: Air travel to the Binghamton area is available via several regional airports.  Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) is about 75 miles away from Binghamton. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) is about 75 miles away from Binghamton. Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) is about 50 miles away from Binghamton. Binghamton also has a county owned airport, 8 miles from downtown, that is serviced by Delta with rental car availability by Avis and Budget.  Ground transportation in and around Binghamton is also provided by Uber and Lyft ride share apps.


Check back often for updates.

Natural Stone Institute Study Tours

Benefits of participating:

  • Visit member host companies
  • Experience the history and culture of the material region
  • Immersion of networking with industry professionals
  • Build new relationships
  • Have fun while learning

How to maximize your experience:

  • Review host and attendee list & prepare to network
  • Embrace participation & fully engage
  • Expand industry connections
  • Learn something new
  • Support auction


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