Nestled within the quaint town of Sutton, New Hampshire, Follansbee Inn stands as more than just a bed and breakfast; it is a living testament to the rich history and enduring charm of the region. Established in the 1800s, our historic inn has woven itself into the fabric of Sutton, becoming a cherished landmark that blends a sense of timeless elegance with the warmth of genuine hospitality.
The story of Follansbee Inn begins in the 19th century when the inn was originally built. Our inn takes its name from the Follansbee family, who were prominent figures in the early days of Sutton. Their influence extended beyond the confines of the inn, leaving an indelible mark on the town’s history. Today, we pay homage to its namesake family through our commitment to preserving the historical essence of Sutton.
During the late 1800s and 1900s, North Sutton witnessed a surge in the popularity of hotels and camps. With a decline in farming activities in the town, farmhouses underwent a transformation into summer retreats, with some lodgers choosing to stay year-round. The advent of trains from Boston and New York further fueled this trend, bringing individuals in search of vacation spots and respite from the summer heat. The railroad depots in Warner and Bradford, later extending to Potter Place in Andover, facilitated the arrival of guests, with stagecoaches ferrying them to their chosen hotels.
Keyser Street, once lined with old homes, became home to boarding houses, hotels, and camps. Among these establishments were the renowned Follansbee Inn, Twin Pines, Prospect House, and Huntoon House. Some of these venues even boasted dance halls, often referred to as casinos. The heart of this burgeoning hospitality scene, known as Kezarville, thrived in the North Sutton village along Keyser Street.
Situated on the shores of Kezar Lake, the Follansbee Inn was accompanied by a neighboring schoolhouse. Its barn, serving dual purposes for housing horses and hosting square dances, stood across Wadleigh Hill Rd., adjacent to the present Horse Beach parking area. The Follansbee annex was later constructed across Keyser Street, behind the church, ultimately becoming the site of the current Follansbee Inn.
While Follansbee Inn proudly showcases its historical roots, we also seamlessly blends the charm of the past with modern comforts, catering to the needs of contemporary travelers with high-speed Wi-Fi, in-room workspaces, and other amenities.
Did you know that Follansbee Inn doubles as an art gallery, adorned with original works that reflect the talent and creativity of local artists? Our collection of gorgeous antiques contributes to our inn’s unique ambiance, creating an environment that transports guests to a bygone era while surrounded by the beauty of curated craftsmanship.
In Sutton, New Hampshire, Follansbee Inn stands not only as a welcoming retreat for travelers but also as a living history book, telling the tales of Sutton’s past and promising many more chapters to come. With our blend of historic charm, modern amenities, and a dedication to the local community, Follansbee Inn remains a cherished destination, inviting guests to be part of our ongoing story.