Every month throughout 2015, the Phelps Chamber of Commerce is shining the spotlight on a member to be honored as Woman Owned Business of the Month. For September, that special recognition is given to a 220 year old colonial charm with a long and fascinating history.
Near the turn of the 19th century, the initiation of regular mail service ushered in regular stagecoach runs. The stage needed fresh horses and the passengers needed food and lodging. In 1819, A 3rd floor was added to this building– originally built as a 2 story farm house (in circa 1796) — and The Yorkshire Inn of Unionville was born!
As the story has been told, the original owner and builder of the Yorkshire Inn sold part of his property to Moses Swift for the founding of Unionville. A historical marker currently stands across the street, in front of the old railway station/post office.
From 1948 until 1988, the building was a famous restaurant known about the area as the “York Inn”. When the restaurant failed, the fixtures were sold at auction and the building sat empty and vacant for many years. A young couple bought it in the late 1990s with an eye toward turning it into a duplex. New job opportunities sent them to Pennsylvania with the project only partially complete. Doug and Kathe Latch purchased the inn in 2000 with intention of creating a Bed and Breakfast in Phelps. After 4 years of research and remodel, the Blue and Rose rooms were complete. Since these two rooms are within the confines of the inn, care was taken to be architecturally true to the inn’s colonial roots.
In 2013 the old banquet facility was remodeled to add two additional guest suites. As the remodeled area was in an addition originally built in 1951, more freedom was taken with the decor. The carefully appointed Bolero Room, with its two person Jacuzzi tub (ideal for romantic getaways), and the rustic Lodge Suite have added new character and flair to the inn.
To learn more about The Yorkshire Inn, please visit http://theyorkshireinn.com or to reserve a getaway, please call 315- 548-YORK (9675). Please feel free to call and schedule a time to come by and take a look at the guest rooms.
To learn more about the included benefits of a Phelps Chamber of Commerce membership, please visit PhelpsNY.com/chamber-of-commerce or call (315) 548-5481.