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 Buxton Inns’ Haunted History

There is nothing more All-American than Fall in Granville, OH.  The leaves are changing, the community is bustling with visitors, and village homes are decorated with carved pumpkins and spooky spider webs.  Setting the perfect scene for a visit to The Buxton Inn. As you may or may not be aware The Buxton Inn is known to be one of the most haunted places in Ohio.  Making us the perfect October destination. The most talked about ghostly experiences stem from two of our more infamous proprietors.  Bonnie Bounell (aka The Lady in Blue) along with her cat Major and Major Buxton (whom the cat was named after).  Both Buxton Inn owners dedicated their lives, some would also say their after-lives, to this place.  Bonnie and her cat, Major, are typically experienced in their former residence which is now known as room #9.  The smell of Bonnies sweet perfume is said to linger while many of our guests have claimed to be awoken by what felt like a cat snuggling up to them in the middle of the night. Major Buxton, owner from 1865-1905, seemingly prefers to be encountered in the main dining areas.  There was a time here that sightings of him were so prevalent that employees would set a spot for him in the dining room.  While we don’t do that any more his presence has still been seen meandering the downstairs hallways. Personally, I find the odd going’s on of late a bit more interesting.  This summer we were working on one of our guest houses.  Our maintenance man placed a furniture dolly on the grass next...

What is your history? Where does your history begin?

The Buxton Inn began 202 years ago as a tavern with boarding rooms. Over the years, the Buxton has served as much more than an inn. Its history includes being a stagecoach stop, a gathering location for troops before departing for war, a space to welcome dignitaries, as well as, a place to rest your head and have a great meal. As brand new owners, we are preparing to lead the Inn into the 203rd year of business. We find it important to breathe new life into this special place while preserving and restoring its historic character. And most importantly, sharing its stories. As a matter of fact, if you are a long-term friend of The Buxton Inn, you will notice some renovations have already occurred . We removed the carpet in The Bonnie Bounell Room to find the original oak floors with walnut pegs dating back to 1856. Amazingly, the floors were in wonderful condition and with a little help from our great craftsmen, brought back to their original glory for everyone to enjoy. Other improvements include updating 13 of 25 overnight guest suites, painting the buildings exteriors and refreshing the landscapes. The updated rooms keep the historic feel of the Inn with the antique furniture & beautiful hard wood floors but keep you comfortable with modern amenities.We continue to work hard to usher The Buxton Inn into this new era, ensuring it is ready for all of the new uses that will be required of it. **Our goal is to keep fans updated on all the great things happening here at The Buxton Inn through this blog. Check back...