History

The Cornish Inn has had many faces over the years. Pictured here at upper left is the 1920s John Calvin Stevens renovation, and at right the original 1880s style (prior to the 1880s it was a private residence).

It was originally called The Lincoln House, in recognition of Cotton Lincoln, who constructed the building in the 1820s as his own residence. Cotton's father Royal, (yep, these were there names!) was born around the time of the Revolution, and lived in the little white cottage next door that currently bears the name The Summer House.

Calvin Woodbury purchased the building in the 1880s (pictured top right), and turned it into the Lincoln House, after which it passed through several owners and eventually fell into disrepair.

Fred C. Small recovered the building in the 1920s, and hired famed architect John Calvin Stevens to redesign both the interior and exterior at the tune of $30,000 (almost 500k today!). The redesign included hip roof, three story annex, six bathrooms, hot and cold water, piazza, refrigeration, steam heat, plate glass windows and 27 guest rooms, and the inn was renamed the New Lincoln. 

The inn remained the New Lincoln until the 1980s, when it became The Cornish Inn.

We're proud of our history, each room at the inn contains a copy of our more detailed history book. Are you a resident of the area? We would love to hear your stories about the inn!