Most Historic Ohio Bed and Breakfast Inns
American Historic Inns, Inc. has searched the Bed and Breakfasts of the Buckeye State and found the Most Historic Inns in Ohio, now posted on www.iloveinns.com. The list features seven historical sites that let travelers experience a piece of Midwestern history from an architectural perspective.
Ohio residents were key players in transporting runaway slaves through the Underground Railroad. The Hallauer House
Bed and Breakfast, circa 1830 is located in Oberlin, where anti-slavery activists fought for human rights during the Civil War. Ring the vintage doorbell and step back in time—each guest room is decorated with Civil War artifacts, including authentic Union and Confederate swords. There is a cut-out section in the floor with a dirt alcove underneath as well as a dry cistern which are two indicators of an Underground Railroad station. Pegs instead of nails can be seen in the inn’s basement and attic. The “History Buff Package” includes Civil War storytelling by owner Joe Woodward who is a retired educator and lifelong Civil War buff, and tickets to the Oberlin Heritage Center.
The founders of the 1830 Bailey’s House in Georgetown were Ulysses S. Grant’s friends and neighbors and legend has it that Grant landed his spot at West Point after hearing that his neighbor Bart Bailey had resigned. There are three antique-filled rooms to choose from and the inn is close to the covered bridges and quilt barns that make Brown County unique.
Still Standing: Springboro’s Oldest Home
The Wright House Bed and Breakfast of 1815 is the oldest home in Springboro, Ohio as well as being a documented Underground Railroad site. Feel at home in the past with the inn’s collection of antiques that includes a pump organ, victrola and player piano. Each stay includes a gourmet breakfast and high tea at 4:00 P.M.
Back to the Future
Perhaps the oldest well-preserved historic inn is the Golden Lamb, circa 1803. The inn’s restaurant is located in the original part of the building while 18 guest rooms are found throughout the property in various additions made up till the mid-17th Century. 12 presidents of the United States, including John Quincy Adams and Martin Van Buren have visited the inn as well as writers Charles Dickens, Daniel Webster and Mark Twain.
A stay in an Ohio inn can uncover other historical surprises. Wagner’s 1844 Inn in Sandusky is not far from Thomas Edison’s Birthplace and Museum in Milan. Fireplaces light up the rooms of this bed and breakfast, where guests wake up to fresh-baked goods and fruit. The waterfront town is perfect for sailing or fishing and is a short boat ride away from the Lake Erie Islands.
Rider’s 1812 Inn was built along the stagecoach route from Buffalo, New York to Cleveland, Ohio, and hosted everyone from runaway slaves to returning Civil War veterans, but was also home to a speakeasy that was added in 1922. Guests can still enjoy authentic meals prepared from nineteenth-century recipes in Mistress Suzanne’s Dining Room.
Rider's 1812 Inn
Ohio Innkeepers are always ready to lend their knowledge on where to find museums, take a carriage ride, or find treasures in one of the Buckeye State’s many antique malls. (They might also warn visitors not to actually eat a Buckeye. It looks like a chestnut, but it’s poisonous to anyone but a squirrel. Try the state’s popular peanut butter and chocolate replica instead.)
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