The Walloomsac Inn

Located in the Old Bennington Historic District, the Walloomsac Inn is the oldest inn in the State of Vermont. The building was constructed in 1764, with additions and alterations to the roof throughout the late 1700s and 1800s. Five prominent families owned and operated the inn throughout its life; the inn served the stagecoach road until the 1850s. Important figures such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Rutherford B. Hayes and Benjamin Harrison have stayed at the inn. Although its name has been changed a few times, it was most recently known as the Walloomsac Inn. Until about 15 years ago, the building operated as a bed-and-breakfast, but today it is a private residence. An unwelcoming sign on the front door informs the public that it is private property and to stay off the porch and property.

The Walloomsac Inn, on the corner of Monument Avenue and Route 9 in Bennington, Vermont.

View of the Route 9 side.

Note the poor condition of the front elevation and Christmas wreath.

The sun came out for a bit, highlighting the colors of the building.

Route 9 view.

At least the first floor is occupied by the owners.

From Monument Avenue.

Can you imagine such a beautiful house suffering a fate of deterioration and neglect? It’s incredibly sad; such an important landmark in the Old Bennington Historic District and in the State of Vermont should be saved and loved! The loss of this building would be catastrophic. It breaks my heart, and I’ve only passed by the building a few times.

However, I do not know the entire story. An article (Ethan Allen, page 14) talks about the cost of code upkeep and zoning laws that would prevent the building from operating as an inn once again. Readers, are any of you Bennington residents? What is the latest news on this building? Perhaps the owners truly love the building and just do not know what to do. If that is the case, the town should certainly take an interest and develop a solution. Thoughts?

For additional historical information, read the Bennington Museum’s writeup.


88 thoughts on “The Walloomsac Inn

  1. Megan says:

    Wow…what an incredible historic inn!! Is the building listed on the NRHP or does it have any type of local landmark designation status? Just wondering if the owners had looked into the potential for tax credits. The legal zoning issues remind me of a similar controversial situation with a historic inn in Hillsborough (NC). Looks like there is great potential!

    • Kaitlin says:

      Hi Megan, the building is listed on the NR as part of the Old Bennington Historic District. I do not know any other details in terms of zoning. Tax credits would be wonderful, but, as we know, it’s likely more complicated from that. I’m hoping someone from Bennington will read this and fill me in on the details.

      • Stuart Clough says:

        Good Afternoon Kaitlin. I have written you before on the Inn and the wife and I just returned home from Bennington and I have made a very substantial breakthrough on this beautiful old Inn.
        We met some people in Bennington that know all about the history of just about anything. We talked for quite a while and I found one of my big suspicions was correct. You look at all the pictures of the Inn and you will not see any sag at all. I have often wondered if it might be made of brick. Well guess what! It is. Brick construction and faced with the clapboard siding. ALL of the damage that you see is totally cosmetic! The Inn will not fall down any time soon.
        Now for a bigger mystery. Why does it look the way it does? The Ladies that own it were given it when their father died. Are you ready for this? The Will stated that nothing was to be done with the property. Not sure but I believe they took it just a little to literally.
        Also we have found a home made book detailing the history and the owners of this book are making us a copy. There are all sorts of historical dates, Photos and I believe I even saw a menu from the Inns dining room.
        This was a Great day to get out of bed!

        Stuart Clough

        • Kaitlin says:

          Hi Stuart,

          Wow! What interesting information – especially the brick and the literal interpretation of the will. Perhaps someone should have explained that better to the ladies. 😉 Let me know what fascinating info you find. Enjoy!


          • Stuart Clough says:

            As soon as I receive the “book” I will get a copy made for you and we will make some kind of arrangement to get it to you, if you are interested.

          • DJ says:

            That would be amazing!!! I have been subscribed to this article for YEARS hoping to get a glimpse of the inside, or any more info!!!

            Kaitlin…. Please share when Stuart gets the book to you!!!

          • Stuart Clough says:

            Hi Kaitlin!
            I made another trip to Bennington today. Here is my story.

            Today was a good day.
            For those of you that know me, I am slightly obsessed with the Walloomsac Inn in Bennington Vt. This past Spring Jo and I went over to Bennington and took some more pictures of the Inn and while we were there we noticed that the church across the street was open. We went in and talked with the people there and they showed us a book that had been put together about the Inn. We had arrainged to get me a copy but that never happened.
            Today we went back. The lady let me take the book, (I had to leave Joanne at the church as collateral) I took it to Staples and copied the damn thing myself! There is a wealth of info in it. Time lines Guests, menues, pictures of the inside. I am totally stoked!.
            The best is yet to come!
            We went to an antique shop up the street for a while and on the way back we had to drive by the Inn again. The owner was outside watering her flowers! A couple of slightly illegal U-turns later I pulled up in frount of her house and got out of the van.
            I told her how much I loved her house and tried to carry on a conversation with her. She was extremely quiet and would only speak if I asked her a question or made a direct comment. A lady of Very few words! But Hey, you gotta start somewhere.

            Yup! Today was a pretty damn good day!

          • Donna says:

            Awesome sleuthing! Can you email Kaitlin some pics of the inside for her to upload for us all to see? Any other info would be great! I love the Inn as well!!!

          • Laurie says:

            I have seen comments about the structure made of brick with clap boards over it. Being from the area, I belong to a facebook site about old time Bennington. On it someone who is close to the Berry family answered this question:
            Does anyone know if it’s brick underneath? I heard that it’s not going to fall down even if the clapboard falls off.
            No, it is not structurally brick. The frame is wood: a post and beam frame in the front and balloon framing in the late Victorian sections. There is probably brick nogging used as insulation within the wood frame – a common practice found in many early local buildings, but the brick is soft and would collapse if the Inn burned. PS: a structural brick wall is 3 bricks thick – minimum. One brick thick would fall down.

          • Stuart Clough says:

            Good Evening Laurie. I would be Very interested in joining that Facebook group if I could find it. If you could help connect me I would really appreciate it.

            Stuart Clough

          • Laurie says:

            There’s actually 2 facebook groups. One more active than the other but both have information about and pictures of the inn. The more active one is Bennington Vermont – Past and Present. The other one is Things I remember about Bennington Vermont. If you click on the photos tab you can go through all of them and find the ones of the inn and the comments that people have posted. But there is a lot of information about the history of Bennington itself that is quite interesting. Enjoy!

          • Donna says:

            Argh! I don’t do facebook! Is there any way for me to see the pictures? I am so sorry for the trouble! I have been following this blog for years hoping for a glimpse of the inside.

          • Stuart Clough says:

            Good Morning Donna. We have talked before. It looks like I will have to buy a new scanner as mine is still giving me fits. I will find a way to let you see the pics when I can get them into the computer.
            Maybe I should talk you into joining FB just so you can see more.

            Stuart Clough

          • Donna says:

            Oh gosh… Don’t do that! I am sorry to keep pestering you!!! I’ll figure it out!

            BEST REGARDS,

          • Stuart Clough says:

            Thank You Kaitlin! I really appreciate it. I thought I took a reasonable sized mouthful but I think that was still more than I am able to handle. I will probably be buying a new scanner this weekend.


          • Stuart Clough says:

            Good Morning Kaitlin!
            I was wondering if you had a chance to do anything with the pictures that I emailed you. Did they come through OK?
            While I thought they were rare pictures, I have since found out there were other copies floating around. It is amazing how much info is really out there.

          • Jill says:

            Hello. Curious about the Walloomsac Inn and have read your entries up to 2015.

            I lived next door (55 Monument Avenue) in the 70’s and would love to know what’s new. Thank you.

        • Phil Ashworth says:

          My wife and I were married in Knoxville, TN, in August, 1968. We headed to New England on our honeymoon with no particular itinerary. We had no reservations but just looked for anything that might be a different or unusual place to sleep. When dusk came on the third or fourth night out we were in Bennington and I noticed a little sign along the road that said something about an Inn. We took the bait and registered at the Walloomsac for the night. We had no clue about the history of the old place but thought it would be an adventure to remember.

          Sadly we took no pictures but we remember up a beautiful staircase up to a large room with many windows and a balcony outside. We slept a very squeaky high backed bed and used an antique claw-foot tub for baths.

          I am pretty sure that we signed the guest book in the morning and somewhere inside or out, read a sign that this was the oldest continually operating Inn in Vermont. I think the sign gave the age as 207 years. Being on our honeymoon we went on our way to other ‘adventures’ not giving the old building much thought. I guess we auusmed this type of thing was probably not all that unusual in that part of the country.

          Three summers ago we were heading to the lakes in Maine with our daughter and on our return trip back to her home in Virginia we saw an interstate exit sign to Bennington. My daughter in her car called me on her cell phone and asked if we wanted to detour and see if the Inn was still standing. I guess at some point we had mentioned the place and our curiosity about its fate. She didn’t have to ask twice.

          When we finally found the Inn, my wife at first claimed that she had never seen, let alone slept in that place. We walked around, took pictures and convinced ourselves that this was indeed the place we had slept just as had Jefferson and Washington.I think it was the ‘falling down’ balcony along the side street that was the final proof. Both our marriage and the building were (and are) still standing!

          I would love know were we might see information and or pictures, especially inside pictures. What would be the icing on the cake would be to know if there still exists a guest register from 1968.

          Phil Ashworth
          Lenoir City TN

          • Kaitlin says:

            Phil, what a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. Unfortunately, I do not know of any available interior photos. I would also love to see it. But, follow the comments in this post as readers will often offer info and the latest news. Congratulations to you and your wife on a long successful marriage. I hope you are having many adventures!

          • Stuart Clough says:

            I do have some “inside” pictures that were part of my book. I am still arguing with my scanner. As soon as I can I will get them to you.

            Stuart Clough

  2. Sabra Smith says:

    This also looks like a candidate for engagement with the owners followed by publicity and creative thinking in terms of helping them figure out how to do maintenance for little or no cost — like having Boy Scouts come paint (or was it whitewashed?) to earn a badge, or if there’s a local tech college having students there come do supervised carpentry or masonry repairs.

    If I ever win the lottery, my dream is to establish a SWAT Team that would travel the country and swoop in on places like this and make necessary repairs. Otherwise this could turn out to be another of those sad stories where, because of the luck of the draw when it comes to ownership, economy, knowledge-base, local commitment, etc., the building might not survive. (I’m thinking of several properties, but notably, Philadephia’s Church of the Assumption (1849) that I’ve been posting about; it was purchased by a nonprofit working on a shoestring [apparently] that can’t afford to care for the locally landmarked church, wants to tear it down and claims it doesn’t have the money for maintenance or demolition.)

    • Kaitlin says:

      SWAT team. I LOVE IT! I think some of us flamingos have similar dreams. I really wish that educational institutions with HP degrees would do more in the community, hands-on work. It’s few and far between.

      • Sabra Smith says:

        I thought the same thing while getting my degree. Buildings and groups with no funds in need of expertise and students with expertise looking for class projects — [potential] match made in heaven! I kept saying it and it seemed to make no difference, so I decided to try and make the difference. I called some local nonprofits and sites to ask for a wishlist and then created a PROJECTS notebook that I put in the HP office. My thought was that students could go look for ideas/connections when they needed a topic/project idea for a class, and that the office (or a student appointee) could be a community contact and keep the notebook updated after I was gone. I suspect that instead the notebook is gone.

        It’s why I have the “bulletin board” on my site — so I can try and play matchmaker that way.

  3. Donna says:

    I too, am fascinated by the Walloomsac Inn. I found this article published in the Bennington Banner by Hinda Mandell on Sept 1, 2005. It goes into depth about the people living there, and the history of the inn. The article was entitled “The Keepers of the Key”. It was in Bennington Banner archives and I had to pay $2.95 to read it. It was well worth it – just fascinating!!!! I don’t think I can post it here because it is copyrighted

  4. Seth DePasqual says:

    Hey Kaitlin,
    Nice work here on the Walloomsac. My mother stayed there back in the early ’70s when it was still open. Very eerie tale involving condemned sections, strange noises, no sleep, etc. A real hair raiser. She and her sister shared a room at the end of a hallway where it met a separate section of the Inn. This section was closed and so the wall in their room was shared by another room that could not be rented. They spent the whole night listening to crashing and banging coming from the room adjacent. She described these noises as furniture being slid across the floor. Really loud. My aunt has confirmed all this. They cowered all night and asked the proprietor about it that morning. The individual mentioned that there was no possible way that anyone had been in the room adjacent or that anyone had been moving furniture at any time during the night. They promptly left. And so I’ve lived with this tale for some years now but have yet to actually visit the building. I searched around a few years ago and found some photos. But thanks for the update. And yes, what a gem. It’s a shame that something this old, with so much history is fading fast from deterioration and neglect. Right there in front of everyone. Anywho, I really enjoy your site. And thanks again for all your help at last year’s SIA Fall Tour.

    • Kaitlin says:

      Hey Seth,

      Thanks for visiting PiP! And especially for sharing your family stories of the Walloomsac Inn. At the very least, hopefully this post will help to gather or to inspire collections of stories about the building. Hope all is well with you!

    • Centralia Heart says:

      Holy Cow, sounds like it needs a paranormal investigation. I can’t volunteer because my team broke up. This Inn looks very much like the O’Hara house in Lexington NY. The O’Hara house however, is in worse shape. My friend and I went up on the porch and it was shifting under our feet. I told her to get off right away. The roofline is now sagging horribly and any day now I expect it to begin falling down.

  5. Donna says:


    Really interesting story! Strange though, when Arlene Berry was asked if the Inn was haunted, here is her response:
    It’s not, Arlene said. Sharron and Laura (Arlene’s twin identical nieces) seconded that. However, Arlene remarked that the twins’ mother, Kathleen Kaiser (Arlene’s sister), used to hold fake séances as a child in the inn. While she was just a kid, fooling around, it was enough to scare people staying at the Walloomsac. Walter Jr. finally made her stop when “she used to scare the dickens out of the guests,” Arlene said.

    Perhaps she does not want the attention a haunted in would generate? Who knows. Does your mother have any pictures of the inside?

    • Kaitlin says:

      Donna, thanks for mentioning the Bennington Banner article and for this tidbit here. Fascinating! I would love to see photos of the interior, too, if anyone has them.

  6. Donna says:


    I am so glad I found your site. I LOVE IT!!!! Great work!!! PLEASE PLEASE put up any pics of the inside if you get any!!!

    • Kaitlin says:

      thank you, Donna! I’m so glad that you enjoy Preservation in Pink. I’ll be sure to follow up on the Walloomsac if I find any other information.

  7. Benningtonian says:

    The people that own the Inn don’t want any help with rebuilding the structure or fixing it up. Believe me…I think everyone in town would love to see this place refurbished and brought back to its original glory. Nothing can be done until the family changes their mind. It’s not the ideal situation, but please don’t think the town doesn’t want to help or assist in some way.

  8. Lorraine Pretty says:

    I was just driving through Bennington yesterday looking for the Walloomsac Inn to show my cousin where I had stayed about 24 yrs ago. We were in a hurry and turned on to the road to NY instead and I acually thought maybe it was torn down. I am glad to hear it was not but I really cant believe there is nothing that can be done to preserve it. The family wont have anywhere to live if it falls down in the next hurricane. How can they let such an extraordinary historical piece of history disolve. The inside was really amazing and I swear you can feel like your living in the 1800s when you are there. They were acually closed for the season when I knocked on the door and begged for a place to stay because every hotel was full that Columbus day weekend back in I think 1986. They were kind enough to let us stay and it was the best place I have ever stayed in my life complete with old fashioned tub. I would love to be the proprietor of a place like that. Hopefully someday I can get to stay there again. Lorraine

  9. Paula Sagerman says:

    Hi Kaitlin,

    I’m a historic preservationist in Windham County and I just came across your great website. I too miss having people to talk to about historic preservation.

    The Walloomsac has been breaking my heart since I was a child. I just drove by it last weekend, sigh….

    I had to laugh at the pink flamingo thing. There are 2 of them in my backyard. We share a property with my landlord, whose girlfriend decided that after the backyard was destroyed by Irene’s wrath that she wanted to cheer things up. There are also some other local friends who move around a pink flamingo from yard to yard as a joke.

    Looking forward to reading more of the website!


    • Kaitlin says:

      Hi Paula,

      I know your name well! So glad you came across the blog. Stop by anytime for preservation chatter. And I’m glad to hear there are flamingos everywhere serving such good purposes as cheering up the flooded landscape. I even have a pair of Christmas flamingos – it never stops!

  10. deborah matatt rock says:

    I have lived in north bennington///bennington area all my life 52 yrs and the last25 yrs I have wanted to walk inside and view the inside of the walloomsac inn..I always wanted to se a part of history…how many rooms are there? what does it look like on the main floor? questions? so many of them…. if they would let 1 person come into their place to takepictures for everyone that wanted to see inside that would be great!!!!they could post it on this web

  11. led05130 says:

    I live in Bennington–born and raised. Actually, I live just down the hill from the Walloomsac Inn.

    To answer your question: the owners were offered by the Historical Society to have it fixed up, and they refused because they didn’t want “charity.”
    It’s sad, really, that they would let their own feelings get in the way of restoring this building, but instead it’s just going to rot because they don’t see that it’s not about them.

  12. L says:

    I too love this place. Take pics everytime I am in Bennington. Have some of the barns, a couple of the inside when it was still an Inn, and an advertisement book I acquired off Ebay a few years back. I do so wish I had lived back then to see the grandeur of the place. The Berry’s so need so swollow their pride and let the Historical Society help before it is too late … if it isnt already! If I can get access to a scanner will scan my pics & post them.

  13. Sara says:

    I grew up in Bennington. I briefly knew one of the daughters, the art student. She was really nice. I remember her telling me that everybody asks about the restoration, but a person in the family felt strongly that everything on the building was the “original” and did not want to change or remove the “original” pieces. And the not taking charity comment sounds right too, they are a very humble and sweet family.

  14. Ramona Sprecco says:

    I was there August 13, 2012 (4 days ago from today) and was shocked and in awe of the building. We had lunch down the road and the lady there said the reason the owner did not fix up the building was because she would not be able to afford the increase in property tax and would lose the building. I can’t believe that could be true! Government regulations are often a hurdle in trying to restore but in this case I would think there would be something to help them. It is a beautiful place and I’m so glad I was able to see it. I would have paid just to set foot inside. I was told there was a ballroom on the second floor.

  15. Vin says:

    I stayed for one night in the inn in 1985 driving from NY to Burlington. It was a definite throwback to the late 19th century but in remarkably decent condition on the inside. It was like stepping into a time capsule–nothing faux or cutesy for sure. It was all real. I believe there were other guests but I don’t recall actually seeing them. They didn’t serve food but I arrived late enough that it didn’t matter. I still remember it as a neat experience. Hopefully the building will be there when preservationists finally get access.

  16. Nicoleia says:

    the walloomsac inn was the subject of my utter fascination when i was growing up; as i knew it, it was a bonafide haunted house. according to the lore, my parents had stayed there one night on a lark in the 70’s. my mom, who felt a strange vibe from the inn and was compelled to keep the light on when she went to sleep, woke up in the middle of the night to see a man dressed in green and wearing a green hat pointing at the light. she was dumbfounded but got the impression that he wanted her to turn it off. so she did and the little man was then gone. she woke my dad up immediately of course. she described the man to him and he, being a history buff, said that it sounded like someone from the green mountain boys (militia men from vermont who fought in revolutionary war times, and actually began in 1770 in bennington!) well my mom is greek, and had no idea about the existence of those guys! the next morning after they left and went to have breakfast at a local cafe, the cafe owner said she was impressed that they made it through the night, and that she had heard it was haunted and she wouldn’t have ever stayed there herself. i will never forget the first time i saw it, when i was 18. an incredible building and presence. there is definitely something special about the walloomsac inn!

  17. colonel says:

    back when the bicentenial wa going on the owners were offered money to restore the inn and turnede it down I have been in side and when you enter it is like walking back into history

    • Tammy says:

      I really hope the owners have a change of heart about accepting help to get it restored… They knew it was a historic place when they bought it… it’s pretty selfish to NOT try & restore it. Most places around here have that in the buying contract that you HAVE to do your best to restore it, or it gets taken over by the state & you lose.

  18. zen0 says:

    Just so you know, the building under those clapboards is made of brick. Most of the deterioration is in the facade of wood.

  19. Paul Nathanson says:

    I love the Wallomsac in just as it is (although I must admit that someone should maintain it this way and thus prevent it from collapsing into a ruin). It must have been very pretty at one time, sure, but so are countless other preserved or restored buildings. This one is special precisely because it isn’t freshly painted and touristy–that is, because it looks “haunted.”

    • Sharon Heal says:

      I agree with you Paul, that is what makes it so spooky and special. Paint it up and it’s just another historic building.

  20. Connie says:

    I travel through New England three to four times a year to visit family and go right by the Inn. Every time I hope to see some improvement or restoration. I don’t want it changed, just kept so it does not fall down. I understand that the ladies that live there are quite old and want to hold on to their family request, but it seems that something could be done to help them. I suppose though if that were true it would be happening. I just hope that on one of my trips I don’t find it fallen in, that would be such a shame! It is beautiful.!

  21. Rebbecca says:

    I’m from Bennington. Isn’t there some way of saving the building with government funds? Because it’s an Historical Landmark. It seams like such a shame and such a waste to just let it crumble to the ground. Some people say that’s it’s already too late.. 😦

    • Kaitlin says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      Unfortunately, it’s a misconception that the government can save any buildings. Funds for rehabilitation, for example, are only available to non-profit groups or municipalities. The money awarded to such properties comes with strings too (aka the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards). On the other hand, private owners are free to do what they want with their own properties. Imagine what would happen if the government could just give money to any property.

      The Walloomsac Inn is a historic property (listed in the National Register of Historic Places) but that doesn’t put restrictions on it from its owners. It doesn’t come with regulations. What the National Register does is protect historic properties from government projects (like roadway projects that would demolish historic buildings, for example).

      Still, it’s a shame to lose this building! Fingers crossed for a preservation miracle.

  22. cheri hughes says:

    It would be incredible if the current owners would allow tours. There is potential to restore the structure by donations.

  23. Taximan Steve Lindsey says:

    One solution, a not entirely satisfying one, would be to “shrink” the Inn back to a more manageable building, back into a historic core.

    Like they did with the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel on Portsmouth ( NH ) Harbor. It was in worse shape than the Walloomsac when I visited years ago before the restoration, with snow in the mansard roof attic and wind blowing through.. Two thirds of the Wentworth, the newer sections, were demolished but the oldest section is now a lively and popular hotel.

    Drastic? Yes. But the Wentworth points one possible way.



  24. Melanie S. says:

    I grew up in NH and have spent my entire life traveling from here to Albany by way of the Molly Stark Trail. Since the 1970s The Walloomsac Inn has captured the imagination of myself and my siblings, and we always cringe a little whenever we approach Bennington, fingers crossed the building is still standing and intact. The “haunted house” appearance makes for great flights of fancy as a child, but the adult historian I have become just wishes someone could finally get through to the owners and convince them that saving it is a goal worth pursuing…

  25. Stuart Clough says:

    My wife and I went on a road trip yesterday and stopped to take pictures of this beautiful landmark. I try to respect peoples privacy so all my photography was done from across the street. Every time we travel that way, I bring the camera and I have shots from all seasons. We were standing in the common area across the street from the house and we saw someone sitting just inside one of the 2nd story windows. I gave her a smile and a big thumbs up to show her that I appreciated her house. A short while later, as we were leaving, I waved good-bye and much to my amazement, I received the shock of my life. She actually gave me the Finger! My wife and I laughed about this all the way home.
    Just because someone such as myself has an appreciation for history and fine construction, doesn’t make them threatening. I was not trespassing or making myself obnoxious. I just have this love for this old house. I now can understand why this person is alone in this big old house that is meant to hear the laughter and footsteps of many people.
    I will continue to stop and take pictures whenever I am going by.

    • Aaron McCormick says:

      If I was sitting here in my bedroom, looked out the window, and saw some guy snapping pics of my house with a telescopic lens, and the only thing he did was show me a “big thumbs up”, I would have flipped him off, too. LOL. I’m not saying what you did was the wrong thing, but I am saying it probably did feel quite obnoxious to the other person.

      • Stuart Clough says:

        Good Morning Aaron.
        Just to set the record straight, I was not using a telephoto lens and I was not trying for any “inside” shots. If you have ever been there during different times of the day, the changing light changes the view of the house. I have several shots of the house taken from the same location during different times of day and different time of year. They all bring out different details.
        As far as the thumbs up, what would you recommend? Should I have blown her a kiss?

  26. mahalawanda says:

    I feel like the people who live there are ghosts, hiding something… so many people would love to see the inside and it’s impossible… what an awesomely frustrating phenomenon!

  27. rick reale says:

    I was browsing places to stay in 1969 with my wife and 3 friends. I came across the Waloomsac for 6.00/night. I said “how bad can it be” and booked it. Wow it doesn’t look much different now than it did in 1969. Anyway the receptionist said her husband bought the Inn in 1891!!!
    Large dining area was all set up but had not served food since the 20’s. Shades were shredded and the bath water was cold and rusty, but totally complete with period victorian furniture. Local townsfolk were amazed when we asked for directions because we had rooms there for the night. No other visitors that night and possibly anytime thereafter.
    I understand the present owner is under obligation never to paint, restore, or even fix anything, save probably plumbing or electricity.
    A unique and fun memory to say the least.

    • Centralia Heart says:

      Did I read this correctly? Her husband bought the Inn in 1891? Was she a ghost? That would have sent most people running for the door. Not me, I am a paranormal investigator ( retired), but I thought I read the date wrong. Her husband was either very old or passed, right?

  28. Centralia Heart says:

    You bet. I tried to do some math. Assume the buyer was 20 in 1891 I guess he would have been 78 at the time. You are right, now it doesn’t sound so awful. I am 72 and still doing everything I want. If it were 2018, it would be a totally different experience.

  29. Full Dark Amy says:

    Just stumbled here after doing some research on Bennington. I’ve driven by many times and love to see some info. This whole place and situation seem like a true mystery novel waiting to be written. Thank you for writing this blog!

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