A National Landmark, the Avon Inn is a full-service restaurant and Inn close to Rochester and Letchworth State Park. Built circa 1840, this beautiful Greek revival structure was initially the residence of Jonathan H. Gerry. The Inn was completely renovated and reopened its doors in 2018 under new ownership featuring a newly designed ballroom to host special events, corporate retreats, and weddings of up to 200 guests. Fourteen boutique-style hotel rooms are also available. Both guests of the hotel and the local community will be able to enjoy casual dining in the bar/tavern area as well as the expansive wrap-around porch.
Among many “firsts,” the Avon Inn had the first central heating system in the Genesee Valley; the first elevator in upstate New York; and was the site of the first bank and post office of Livingston County. The wealthy and the famous were often guests at the Avon Inn. Some of these well-known personages were George Eastman, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, General Jonathan M. Wainwright, Corregidor hero of World War II, and Katharine Hepburn. Beginning as early as 1883, the Avon Inn was featured in many newspapers and magazine articles, both locally and nationally.