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


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Enjoy Peak Experiences on the Summit of Mount Washington posted on July 17, 2014

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From Beatles to Blues to Bach ~ Summer Concerts in North Conway, NH posted on July 1, 2014

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The hills will be alive with the sound of music this summer in the White Mountains, so plan to include enjoy an outdoor concert and picnic as part of your New Hampshire summer vacation or weekend getaway. The 32nd Arts Jubilee Annual Summer Concert Series begins Thursday evening, July 17, 2014 at the base of the…


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