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September 28, 2013

Preserving history

Volunteers bring Major's Inn back to life


The ballroom, the last of the rooms constructed, was completed in 1916. In the mid-1920, the inn was no longer in the Gilbert family and by the 1930s the building began a steady decline. It sat empty, or almost empty, until 1980, when the Major’s Inn Foundation was created to restore the inn and preserve its history.

The ballroom, with its ornate fireplaces and hanging chandeliers, is a cavernous area that could accommodate a tremendous party of people. The kitchen has been modernized and is efficient for catering. 

The original American chestnut wood paneling is opulent in the foyer. At the turn of the stairs on the landing, the wall curves outward and a bench seat in chestnut wood nestles under double-stacked, picture windows.

The second floor is being restored, with individuals and families adopting various rooms to help defray the cost of restoration. Several of the second floor bedrooms are decorated in vibrant colors.

A museum with artifacts from the the inn and village is housed in a room on the second floor. The third floor is not open to the public as it needs structural work before it can accommodate visitors. In addition, there is a gift shop in the front room on the main floor.

“What we really need to do is finish the lower floor,” Rowe said. “I have a vision, I know what it will look like when it is done. We will have each room with its own thermostat so we can use these rooms. On the main floor we can’t use some of the rooms in the winter because we can’t heat them. My goal is to get the lower floor useable so we can rent the space year-round.”

The lower floor has the billiard room and gentlemen’s bar used in the early days of occupancy by men who would retire away from the ladies for a cigar after dinner. There is a veranda off of the billiards room, that leads to the gardens and former golf course, both of which used to be a part of the Inn.

According to the mission statement in the historical brochure, the historic building is on its way to becoming a fully functioning inn that will once again offer hospitality to travelers to the heart of the Butternut Valley.




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