The Botsford Inn
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
N 42° 26.608 W 083° 19.409
17T E 308911 N 4701631
Quick Description: Located on the east side of Grand River Avenue, just north of Eight Mile Road. Plenty of parking available.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 10/6/2006 7:29:04 PM
Waymark Code: WMTD3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 59

Long Description:
From the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office website statement of significance:

The Botsford Inn is the oldest functioning inn located in Michigan and is additionally significant for its association with auto baron Henry Ford. The original portion of the building was constructed by pioneer Orrin Weston in 1836 and converted into a tavern and inn by Stephen Jennings in 1841. Milton C. Botsford purchased the tavern in 1860 and operated the building as the Botsford Tavern. Threatened with demolition by a Grand River Avenue widening project, the inn was saved in 1924 by Henry Ford and rehabilitated. The building continues to house the inn and tavern and features many original interior elements.
Street address:
28000 Grand River Avenue
Farmington Hills, MI U.S.A.


County / Borough / Parish: Oakland County

Year listed: 1979

Historic (Areas of) Significance: The oldest functioning inn located in Michigan and is additionally significant for its association with auto baron Henry Ford.

Periods of significance: 1826-1865

Historic function: Stagecoach stop

Current function: Hotel

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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