Wayside Inn, Middletown VA
Wayside Inn has accommodated visitors from 1797, when it opened as Wilkenson's Tavern. Once a stagecoach stop, this historic site site now operates as a bed and breakfast, restaurant, and popular venue for weddings and other events.
Backstory and Context
Wayside Inn also played a role during the Civil War, as soldiers on both sides of the conflict used the Inn as a refuge and a place to acquire food and shelter. Prior to the war, Jason Larrick purchased the inn and changed the name to the Larrick Hotel. A few years later, the Inn sold again and was purchased by a gentleman names Samuel Rhodes. Rhodes changed the name to the Wayside Inn which is still the name to date. After roads became paved, the Inn then proclaimed itself to be “ Americas First Motor Inn.” The inn has also became famous in the area for its potential haunting, with one of the television shows about paranormal activity visiting the historic inn.