Charming Historic Stays In Upstate New York

From an adorable one-room schoolhouse to a renovated barn, Washington County has something to offer everyone. And, when you stay in one of these historic properties, you’ll not only be enjoying a comfortable & luxurious stay, but you’ll also be supporting the local economy and helping to preserve these important pieces of local history.

In this article, we’ll explore some of the most popular historic stays in upstate New York. Each property varies in location, amenities, and rates, so there’s something for every style & budget! Or, check out this region’s other incredible lodging options. This wide-ranging list also includes several unique (and often historic) farm stays!

Washington County’s Deep Historic Background

Did you know? Washington County, New York has been around since before the United States was officially founded! As such, it is an area thoroughly steeped in history.

From its colonial roots to its role in the American Revolution, Washington County is where history happened. The county played a major role in 3 major conflicts: the French & Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812. Plus, many significant historical figures have lived here, including Susan B. Anthony, Solomon Northup, and Grandma Moses, just to name a few.

From well-preserved architectural marvels & farming equipment to the largest Revolutionary War cemetery in the nation, our communities have dedicated themselves to honoring & conserving the richness of our local history.

What better way to experience Washington County than by staying in one of the county’s many historic inns, homes and bed & breakfasts? Each of property mentioned here is over 100 years old or architecturally/historically distinct! Plus, since many of these properties offer a limited number of units, you’re guaranteed a high-quality, personal touch.

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Washington County has the perfect short term rental for you.

Check out living history at places like our 4 covered bridges, the canals that define the Birthplace of the U.S. Navy in Whitehall, and much, much more!

Gramp’s Old School – Greenwich, NY

Stay in a one-room schoolhouse, a neat relic of Washington County’s history! Originally built in 1850, Gramp’s Old School was recently updated with modern amenities to ensure a delightful stay for guests.

Of course, many original features were carefully preserved, including the schoolhouse’s original chalkboards and floors! Nestled in the countryside of Greenwich, this historic stay is just a short drive from some of the best shopping & recreation in the area.

Fun fact: Gramp’s Old School was also featured on HGTV’s show “Cheap Old Houses,” and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places!


Hopkins House Farm – Hebron, NY

An adorable homestead with a richly detailed history, Hopkins House Farm is named after Captain David Hopkins of the Continental Army. During the spring of 1790, he built this homestead, featuring a 2-story farmhouse with Greek-influenced Federal architecture. Some correspondence between Hopkins and Thomas Jefferson is preserved in the national archives!

Now, the farm serves its owners as a great central location to stay connected to the community as a bed and breakfast. Its nine historic outbuildings also house a number of chickens and dogs.

Become charmed by the distinct character of their 3 guest rooms: The Study, Rosenquist Room and the Van Buren Room. This well-kept snapshot of life back then is essential on the list of best historic stays in upstate New York!

So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay on a historically-rich Washington County property today!

Redgate Lodging – Shushan, NY

It doesn’t get better than the bucolic countryside of Shushan! This historic stay is a renovated 19th-century barn resting on 40 acres of perfection. What’s more, Redgate Lodging‘s very private short-term rental features many amenities, including breathtaking terrace views of Vermont’s Green Mountains.

Also, check out the nearby Shushan Covered Bridge Museum & one-room schoolhouse and Georgi Park & Museum for more fascinating historical context!


Rice Mansion Inn – Cambridge, NY

Nearby in the heart of Cambridge rests the beautiful Rice Mansion Inn. An interesting piece of local history overlooking Main Street, the Inn was built in 1903 for seed tycoon Jerome B. Rice and his wife, Laura.

Rice was an interesting man of many accomplishments! During the Civil War, he’d been a Prisoner of War, and his rheumatic arthritis kept him wheelchair-bound for most of his adult life – but he never let that slow him down. He became president of the Rice Seed Company, the second-largest seed company of the time. Then, he helped launch the Cambridge Fair, which was the second-largest in New York State and preceded the Washington County Fair.

In October of 1905, the Rice family hosted an open house for local villagers – and over 400 people arrived, many uninvited! Visit the Inn’s website for more info about its history & architectural details.

Today, the mansion and its carriage house offer a total of 12 guest rooms, each featuring the elegance and grace of the early 19th Century enhanced by the comforts of today’s standards.

As of summer 2023, the Mansion is closed to guests as it undergoes renovations. Nevertheless, it’s worth a stop to see its incredible architecture up close! While you’re there, check out some of the other cool things to do near Cambridge.


Station House Bed & Breakfast – Granville, NY

Right in the center of the “Colored Slate Capital of the World” you’ll find the Station House Bed & Breakfast! A renovated Delaware & Hudson Railroad Station that’s over 150 years old, this charming rental features four unique rooms, modernized with amenities like A/C and wi-fi.

Whether The Side Car Room, The Freight Office, The Conductor’s Room or The Caboose is more your style, this is a stay you’ll remember forever. Outfitted with old-world charm, each uniquely-styled room features elegant antique oak furniture, vintage lighting fixtures from the 1900s and comfortable queen-sized beds. Plus, when you wake in the morning, you’ll be able to enjoy a full warm breakfast, desserts and coffee courtesy of your hosts.

Sleep inside one of the most unique historic stays in upstate New York! Stay at the Station House B&B.

Learn more in New York Upstate’s article about the Station House.


The Stella Rose Bed & Breakfast – Hartford, NY

A lovely Victorian-era house, the Stella Rose Bed & Breakfast was built in the 1880’s by David Northrup.

For a short time it was a tavern, and later a small hotel. After a fire in 1980, the ruined home sat empty for over 25 years! Luckily, it was bought, restored and then sold to Sandra Sawn, who now welcomes guests to her beautiful B&B. Its charming

pink facade rests in the middle of Main St. in Hartford, New York.With five peaceful rooms featuring a delightful blend of historical decor and modern living, you’ll also be able to enjoy a full breakfast and internet access.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a cozy overnight with the family, you’ll be thoroughly charmed by the lovingly-restored elegance of the Stella Rose.


More Historic Stays In Upstate New York

The hills & forests of Washington County are home to tons of neat historic stays, beyond what we’ve covered here! Explore more awesome options on AirBnB and VRBO, including:


Dive Deeper Into Washington County History

History is alive in Washington County! Discover more ways to explore the way things were, including our many museums throughout the area, which often offer tours & demonstrations.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay on a historically-rich Washington County property today!

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