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The Roycroft Inn

The Roycroft Inn

The Roycroft Inn From An American Original

The Roycroft Inn was built in 1905 to house all the people that were visiting the Roycroft. Dignitaries like Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller and Carl Sandburg were guest of Hubbard and his Roycrofters. In those years, guest were often expected to "work for their supper" and were sometimes put in the fields to hoe or given an ax to chop wood. But the patrons loved it and loved to rub elbows with Hubbard himself. One story goes that when a wealthy gentleman rode up to the Inn on his horse and buggy he saw a man out front with a flannel shirt pruning trees. Thinking the man was a groundskeeper, he handed him the reigns and proceeded inside where he asked the clerk if he could see Elbert Hubbard. The clerk replied "he's busy right now; he's outside holding somebody's horse."

The Roycroft Inn From An American Original

Today, there's no working for your supper and Elbert Hubbard is long gone, but there's still a sense of history that permeates the Roycroft Inn. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, was closed for several years and underwent a nine million dollar restoration and refurbishment in 1994. It reopened to the public in 1995 and attracts over 150,000 people per year. It features three dining rooms and an open air peristyle for dining in the warmer months. It was a place of respite when it opened and it remains that way today.

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