Our Story

Storied Traditions

The Jackson House Inn has welcomed guests since its construction in 1890, and has now served as one of Vermont’s finest luxury inns for over 75 years. In the 1990s, it was revered as possibly the finest restaurant in the state of Vermont. Today, after eight years under the devoted ownership of Kathy and Rick Terwelp, the Jackson House Inn thrives under new ownership that is bringing an enhanced luster to a property regarded as one of the finest in New England. The Inn’s owner brings a lifetime of travel experience and residency ranging from India to Paris, as well as 30 years of hospitality experience and 25 years of experience in the cultural sector. With that experience comes a passion for offering the finest amenities and creature comforts that any of us might desire, in an intimate setting of unrivaled personal care and attention. Joining the owner are innkeepers Matthew Hensley and Chris Rule, who bring years of hospitality experience and a delightful enthusiasm for sharing the Jackson House Inn with all our guests. Together, this team will continue to ensure that guests experience the most comfortable, pleasurable visit possible at this renowned treasure just outside the renowned village of Woodstock, Vermont.

 

Inn History

Originally constructed in 1890 as a private residence, this historic Vermont bed and breakfast continues to serve as an exemplary model of late Victorian architecture – one of the premier structures to be built in the Queen Anne style in Woodstock. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, its distinctive period details include superbly crafted woodwork and built-ins; beautifully laid floors executed in cherry, maple, oak, and pine; and touches of stained glass. Learn more about the history of this beloved property by tracing the brief timeline below.

  • 1890: The home was built by local sawmill owner Wales N. Johnson as a private residence.
  • 1940: The home was purchased by Robert and Christine Jackson, who opened it as a nine-room guesthouse known as The Seven Maples – in honor of the seven maple trees that lined the front grounds.
  • 1983: Bruce McIlveen and Jack Foster purchased the property and began a massive 14-month upscale renovation expanding the house to 11 rooms.
  • 1997: Juan and Gloria Florin added a new wing with four additional suites as well as a full-service dining restaurant, changing the name to The Jackson House Inn & Restaurant.
  • 2006: Bernard and Jennifer English continued the property’s successful history, enriching it with their wealth of collective experience in the hospitality industry.
  • 2010:  Kathy and Rick Terwelp purchased the property and after four months of refreshing the interior and exterior, re-opened the lodging business in September of that year.
  • 2018: The Inn finds a new owner and enters the next chapter in its history, bringing a renewed commitment to design-rich travel experience including a superb collection of historic and contemporary art enhancing the character of a delightful New England hostelry.