After several months of waiting, we have finally been presented and have proudly displayed our Oshkosh landmark plaque at the front entry of our inn and home. In January I had learned that our property may be eligible for this award due to the age and history of our home. I rushed home and dug up all the research that we had done, along with others along the way and shared that with Landmarks commissions. After further research, more information was found and we were ecstatic that we were to be included. Thank you to the Oshkosh Historical Society and the City of Oshkosh Planning Department for acknowledging our home and property. We couldnt’ be happier to be able to share it with others as so many did before us.
For those that do not know the history of our inn, it was built in 1867 as a private residence. A middle class lumberman by the name of John Rich purchased the land and built a three bedroom, two story, crème city brick Italianate home for his wife, two children and live in nanny for $5000.00, which would be about the equivalent of almost $81,0000 today. Just five short years later, John passed away. The home had been sold three times over the next 60 plus years when it was was finally turned into “Bachelors Hall” in 1930, which was a Mens boarding house until 1975 and then to a group home up until we purchased the home in 2004.
I tell many that I feel we have come full circle. What was once known as the address of 71 Church St. as a family home, turned into a boarding house, then group home and now to a bed and breakfast and our home, has always been a place for people to lay their heads and find comfort. I couldn’t be more please with this honor that we are able to present so vividly for all to see.