The Buxton Inn, where it has been and where it is going

In the village of Granville there is a unique part of American history called the Buxton Inn.  Over the last 200 years many people have visited, eaten a meal, and stayed overnight at the Inn.  Some people have been more notable then others, like Harriet Beecher Stowe, Yo-Yo Ma, and yes, even President Abraham Lincoln.  The Buxton was an early stagecoach stop, saw the War of 1812, and was part of the Underground Railroad.  The history is intriguing and the future is exciting. The Inn was purchased from the long time owners, Orville and Audrey Orr in December of 2014.  As the new owners, we have been working continuously on renovating all 25 guest rooms, undergoing a major restaurant overhaul and developing event space.  The look and the feel of the Buxton Inn has changed all the while preserving its past. The setup of the Inn is distinctive because the 25 guest rooms are spread out between the main inn and 4 historic homes; also each room has a different layout and style.  The houses span almost the whole village block on the corner of Broadway and Pearl Street.  You can pick to stay in the main inn, in one of the original guest rooms or the Warner House that dates back to 1815 or Founders Hall that features mid-19th century architecture or you can stay in the newest home which was purchased right out of the Sears Catalog and built in 1920. As for the restaurant, a major overhaul doesn’t do it justice!  The Buxton is now open for lunches during the week and is featuring an all-new...

Happy Presidents’ Day

Do places hold memories? Are the stories written into the fabric of the building? Can you walk into a building and know there are stories to be told? Over the last 205 years travelers have crisscrossed our great state and many of those travelers have stopped and stayed at the Buxton Inn, creating and telling their own stories. Three of these travelers include President Abraham Lincoln, President William H. Harrison, and President William McKinley. Due to oral and written history we know some of the stories that are part of the fabric of the Buxton Inn. One of these stories includes the then General William H. Harrison, who was an acquaintance of the original owner of the Inn, Orrin Granger, and frequent visitor of the Inn. On one visit “in a display or cheerful bravado, Harrison rode his horse up the courtyard steps into the Buxton Inn’s ballroom where a party was underway”. But it is also fun to dream about where the leaders of the country might have sat or slept in the Inn. What were they discussing? Who were they meeting with? Was President Lincoln shaking hands and kissing babies drumming up votes for his 2nd election? Celebrate Presidents’ Day Weekend with a trip to the Buxton Inn and create your own stories.  While you are visiting us could you be sleeping in the same room as President McKinley? Could you be sitting in the same spot as President Lincoln?...

The 2016 Lodging Partner of the Year Impact Award Goes To….

Every year Explore Licking County host’s the IMPACT Awards. It is a way to bring together Licking County’s tourism family and celebrate its’ game changers. Here is what Explore Licking County had to say about The Buxton Inn when they announced us as the 2016 Lodging Partner of the Year!! 204 years is a long time. Easy math tells us that for more than 20 decades, or nearly 75,000 days, the lights have been steadily burning at 313 East Broadway. For all of those days, months and years an innkeeper has opened the door to one of Ohio’s most treasured landmarks and simply said …” Welcome” to whomever was on the other side of the heavy, wooden front door. Countless numbers of people have crossed the threshold of the 2016 Lodging Partner of the Year IMPACT Award winner’s doorway. Some of them notable figures in history, but more often than not, it has been people looking for a respite from the ordinary. With a renewed and renovated sense of place in the 21st Century and owners with determination of steel…the salmon colored paint, the parade of cats, the courtyard fountains and infamous room number 9 will continue to give up their stories of the past, for generations of comfort seekers to come. From all of us at The Buxton Inn to all of you who have stayed with us, ate with us, or stopped in for a quick drink….Thank you for making 2016 a great...