Old Stagecoach Inn
This historic inn began serving travelers on the old Portage-Columbiana stage road (now Tallmadge Road) in 1832.
9401 Tallmadge Rd.
Diamon , OH 44412
Open to the public: No
Demographic Rank: 5
Vistor Rating: 4.0
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This historic Old Stagecoach inn Is also known as the Palmyra Center Hotel. And sits on a corner in Palmyra, Ohio. It was built in 1832.
Originally it was a two-story Greek Revival-style brick red building. A third story was added in 1888 when it became a lodge for the Knights of Pythias fraternal organization. The Knights of Pythias occupied The Stagecoach Inn between 1888 & approx. 1960. It served as a private residence and store for most of the 20th century. The Palmyra Center Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 30, 1976 and received its Ohio historical marker in 2002.
The building today is a red brick, three story building. It still features the original 1832 mailbox, door knobs and keyholes, welcome sign, and doorsteps to main entrance and tavern. Two of the original windows can still be found on the East side of the second floor and are distinguished from the others as there are many more panes of glass in them. There are actually 24 panes of glass in each of the original two windows. The wallpaper (where present) is also said to be original.
It is rumored that Abraham Lincoln gave a speech on the lawn of the building during his presidential campaign, and that Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show crew visited as well.
It is also rumored to have been a speakeasy at one time and a haven for runaway slaves by being part of the underground railroad utilizing a hidden door in the back of an upstairs closet that lead to the attic above the freight station on the west end of the building. Some former owners were the Geiger Sisters (Katherine and Elsie) and the Wilson Family. In the 1970ís it was purchased by Nicholas Stone with the hopes of restoring it. After his death, it remained unoccupied for approximately 20 years.
It was then purchased September 20, 1994 by Douglas Rice for $12,000. He too hoped to restore it, but continued structural issues among other things have seemed to halt the process. Unfortunately the building remains vacant and crumbling at this time. The kitchen area floor even collapsed into the basement several years back.
Added by: sdonley on 08/09/2019
Added by: sdonley on 08/09/2019
This historic inn began serving travelers on the old Portage-Columbiana stage road (now Tallmadge Road) in 1832. Two major stage lines, one from Cleveland to Wellsville (the closest Ohio River port) and the other from Cleveland to Pittsburgh, passed through Palmyra in the early 1800s. Originally a simple two-story Greek Revival-style building, it had its third story added in 1888 when it became a lodge for the Knights of Pythias fraternal organization. It served as a private residence and store for most of the 20th century. The Palmyra Center Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Added by: arufener on 11/24/2014
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Added by: sdonley on 08/09/2019
The Stagecoach Inn along with other structures in Palmyra soon became the Place to be in this particular neck of the woods.
Several well known persons including Abraham Lincoln, William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody & his Wild West Show comrades frequented the area.
Honest Abe gave many a speech from the front of The Stagecoach Inn during his quest to become our 16th. President.
Buffalo Bill & his mates would often quench their thirst at the Stagecoach Inn saloon when traveling through the area.
But The Stagecoach Inn also had a more saddened past as well. Being a Haven of rest for runaway slaves escaping their burdens of southern life for the Freedom of the North often hid at the Inn in a secret room known only to the Proprietors of the Inn.
In later years the Inn became many different types of establishments....A Hotel, as well as a private residence for a time. Other more sordid establishments are rumored to have taken place within the Inn over the years. The Organization known as The Knights of Pythias occupied The Stagecoach Inn between 1888 & approx. 1960...In 1888 The Knights saw fit to place a third story to the Inn in order to hold their monthly meetings. The Knights were a caring group & often opened the Inn to the Homeless & sometimes to Destitute families with nowhere to stay....Unfortunately..times were harsh for some of these people & it is believed that many perished within the walls of the Inn.
Added by: sdonley on 01/30/2015
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|Claim #||Added||Added By||Claim|
|1905||01/30/2015||sdonley||The bible on the fireplace mantle in one of the rooms has moved by itself.|
|1903||01/30/2015||sdonley||Footsteps have been heard and recorded in the building.|
|1904||01/30/2015||sdonley||Voices have been heard in the building.|
|1906||01/30/2015||sdonley||An investigator was hit with a walnut during an investigation.|
|1907||01/30/2015||sdonley||A face was captured in a window going from the 2nd to the 3rd floor.|
|1908||01/30/2015||sdonley||A mist form was captured by a paranormal investigator during an investigation.|
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Added: 01/31/2015 By: sdonley
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