The Inn History

Inn at Ellis River building circa 1893 & 1985Alice & Andrew Harriman sitting on porch of their homeThe inn began life as the home of Alice and Andrew Harriman and their family. Harriman, a talented carpenter, built the farmhouse in 1893 along the banks of the Ellis River, and the road leading to the inn bears the family’s name. The classic red barn and ice house also date from this period. Harriman was responsible for building Jackson’s three room schoolhouse and many of the prestigious second homes in the village. When a fire destroyed the original town hall, he built the replacement (now the Historical Society) in 1895.

The home has a long history of hospitality to visitors. After Andrew Harriman’s death, the house was occupied by his daughter, Bertha Magoon and her family. Descendants of the Magoons remember a happy home where relatives visited in the summer. During this time, their home also became a boarding house for local residents and employees of surrounding resorts, inns, and lodges. The farmhouse was passed on to Bertha Magoon’s three daughters and one son. It was then sold to a Manhattan stock broker, who used the farmhouse as a second home for a period of three years.

In 1985, Barry and Barbara Lubao, and their children, Jay and Jennifer, began the transformation of the farmhouse on the river into a six room bed and breakfast, the Ellis River House. The ice house located next to the barn was renovated to a rusticc cottage for two. They built the atrium overlooking the river, which houses the inn’s hot tub, using hemlock cut and milled locally.

One hundred years after its original construction the Harriman’s home was expanded with the addition of the north wing which includes 13 guest rooms (many with jacuzzis and fireplaces), the cozy gameroom and pub, our sunny breakfast room, and lobby. In 2000, Monica and Jim Lee purchased the Inn and enhanced it further. They created the Silver Cascade room with its private balcony and spectacular views of the Ellis River. In 2001, they replaced the original carriage house with a home for the innkeepers and the two newest guest rooms, Pearl and Sparkling Cascades, with gas fireplaces, jacuzzis with windows overlooking the river, and private balconies.

In 2004, Frank Baker and Lyn Norris-Baker purchased the Inn and are continuing the long tradition of warm hospitality begun by the Magoons as well as further enhancing the inn’s amenities. Come visit us for the romance, relaxation, and rejuvenation you deserve. We are waiting to welcome you!Inn at Ellis River building 2001, 2004, 2014


From our Blog

Jackson NH Covered Bridge at night

Dancing with the Stars? NO ~ Dancing UNDER the Stars in Jackson, NH! posted on July 30, 2014

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Stop traffic! Once a year Jackson Village closes its famous covered bridge so you can dance under the stars at our Covered Bridge Dance! Think of it as a block party on Jackson’s iconic bridge, so bring your dancing shoes when you make plans for your weekend getaway August 1 – 2, 2014! You’ll dance…


Mt Washington Summit with clouds

Want to Know More About Mt. Washington’s Infamous Weather? posted on July 29, 2014

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If your stay at the Inn in Jackson includes a Wednesday evening this summer, you can take advantage of the free Science in the Mountains programs offered by the Mount Washington Observatory. The Observatory has monitored the ‘world’s worst weather’ at the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast ~ from a 231 mph…


woman purchasing produce at farmers market

Make NH Farmers’ Markets & Farm Stands Part of Your Weekend Getaway! posted on July 25, 2014

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Summer breakfasts at the Inn at Ellis River feature the bounty of local farms near Jackson and North Conway. Our breakfast bonanza of strawberries from Schartner’s Farm on West Side Road is ending, but blueberries are ripe for the picking at Berry Knoll Farm in Eaton, NH. You can pick blueberries and currants from late…


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