Welshfield Inn is Rich with History

I have driven past The Welshfield Inn, located in Troy Township, on several occasions over the past few years. I have always been intrigued by the structure of the building looking more like a historic house rather than a restaurant. My curiosity led me to check them out online.  I was amazed to find so much rich history dating back to the 1800’s.

Historic Welshfield Inn - Burton Ohio

Here is the story according to the Welshfield Inn Website:

Jacob Welsh and his daughter traveled from Boston, Massachusetts in 1811 to the Western Reserve area of Northeast Ohio. Mr. Welsh donated fifty acres of his land on which to build a church, parsonage, and cemetery. In addition, he agreed to provide the nails and glass for the church if his neighbors would call the area Welshfield, in honor of his family.

The Inn was built during the 1840’s by Alden Nash and was named the Nash Hotel. This original structure still stands as the center portion of the building, with various additions throughout the years. It served as a stagecoach stop on the two-day trip from Youngstown to Cleveland and offered overnight lodging to visitors.

During the Civil War, the Inn was part of the Underground Railroad, caring for escaped slaves on their way to Canada. There are written accounts from the time detailing how the slaves were hidden in the hotel barn and fed baskets of food prepared from the kitchen. During the ensuing years, the Inn was the social center of the Welshfield area, at various times housing a school, a barber shop, a jewelry shop, and the Post Office. Additions to the building were made over time, including a ballroom, guest rooms, and the signature front porch.

Until 1946, the Inn went through several owners, each adding history and personal touches to the building. In August, 1946, the Inn was purchased by Brian and Pauline Holmes of Akron, who created and nurtured the family style restaurant known as the Welshfield Inn. The Holmes’ owned the Inn for over forty-five years, residing and raising their family in the upstairs living quarters and growing and harvesting much of the produce featured seasonally on their menu. Upon their retirement in 1992, The Inn was sold to Drs. Arthur and William Steffee and their sister Susan. The Steffee’s added on the garden room dining area and undertook other major renovations and improvements throughout the historic building. During their ownership, the Inn developed its reputation as a family-style restaurant, drawing visitors and families from all over Northeastern Ohio.

The story goes on to explain that in 2007 the Inn was purchased by the SKHM group. After an extensive renovation and restoration, the Welshfield Inn reopened in November 2007. A neighboring church was purchased in 2010 and now serves as a banquet facility for private functions.

The Welshfield Inn, an Open Table.com Diner’s Choice Winner for 2010, offers a wide variety of items for both lunch and dinner ranging from appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, specialty sides, and a spectacular comfort food section.

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