Glen Ferris Inn
Historic Moments Await You!
The Glen Ferris Inn is a West Virginia jewel that has provided the utmost in hospitality since 1839. Panoramic views and a serene environment is what you will encounter as a guest of this West Virginia historic inn. For those who yearn to encompass all that West Virginia offers, our quaint inn puts you in the heart of the Midland Trail where the cascading Kanawha Falls, mountain valley views and a tranquil environment will surely refresh and renew your spirit. From the large antebellum columns, exquisite courtyard and slate roof, the Glen Ferris Inn exudes a historic charm and emotion from years gone by. Along with our historic character and incredible location, this West Virginia Inn provides an array of accommodations, services and amenities to meet any desire.
We have several room types to choose from that are well appointed and provide the comfort and convenience desired. Along with our accommodations there is nothing more enjoyable than having a great meal with friends and family. Add your favorite beverage and be inspired by the breathtaking views of Glen Ferris to encounter a Historic Moment to treasure.
The Glen Ferris Inn Restaurant and Bar, with its impeccable reputation, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. We specialize in American cuisine, but provide special feasts throughout the year that include Italian, Mexican and other various delicacies. Have a gathering in mind? The Glen Ferris Inn can accommodate a plethora of meetings and catered events such as a Wedding, Family Reunion, Corporate Retreat and much more. Whether it is an event from 10 to 300, we have the dining and meeting services to meet your needs and desired outcomes.
For reservations, please call (304) 632-1111.
About our History
The Glen Ferris Inn has a story like no other accommodation in West Virginia.
The Inn subscribes to a rich history dating over 200 years ago. In 1815-1816, U.S. Army Colonel (Retired) Aaron Stockton built his family residence on the banks of the Kanawha River overlooking the powerful Kanawha Falls. While leveraging the Kanawha Fall’s hydro-power for milling, mining and logging enterprises, in 1839 COL (R) Stockton converted the family residence to also take on lodgers. Thus, the Inn was born.
The Inn stayed in the family for decades, and due to its prime location on the East-West turnpike along the Kanawha River, now called the Midland Trail, the Inn hosted a prodigious number of famous Americans right from the history books. These dignitaries included Presidents John Tyler, Andrew Jackson, Rutherford B. Hayes, and William McKinley, who as a Union Army Lieutenant Colonel occupied the Inn with his troops during the Civil War.
Over the centuries, the Inn has also hosted a Vice President, Governors, Congressmen, and even the famous naturalist, author, and inspiration for the National Audubon Society, John James Audubon, who wrote The Birds of America (1827–1839). Perhaps the Inn’s most renowned client was the Great Compromiser himself, Henry Clay. Clay was such a frequent visitor to the Inn that the room in which he usually stayed was called the “Clay Room” by the staff, and it is still available for visitors to enjoy today.
The Inn was remodeled in 1910 with the addition of classical columns and grand sweeping balconies that remain an attraction today. In 1920, Union Carbide purchased the Inn and added a wing of several lodgings for its Executives to enjoy. The Inn remained in the hands of Union Carbide as an active tourist hotel until 1981 when Union Carbide sold its metals division to Norwegian firm Elkhem. The Inn continued to faithfully serve guests under Elkhem until it was sold to a local Glen Ferris couple, Dan and Becky Hill, in 1996, who faithfully stewarded this WV treasure for 21 years until selling to Tom Willis and HB Gilliam in 2017.
New owners, Brigadier General HB Gilliam and Major Tom Willis both West Virginia Guardsmen were drawn to purchase the inn due to the rich history and the fact that a military man and entrepreneur originally built it. They were also impressed that so many Commanders In Chief have stayed at the Glen Ferris Inn some point in their careers.
What We Offer
Our historical Inn offers a variety of quaint and well-appointed rooms to choose from. We will soon be starting Phase I of our renovations, which will include a complete update of our decor and amenities. Once completed, you will experience an austere feel and sense of elegance and comfort. Each room will be updated to include flat screen televisions, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards, upgraded bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi, upscale toiletries, and much more. All of our rooms are 100% nonsmoking and provide their own unique view of the mountains and the cascading falls. We offer an array of rooms to choose from with either twoo double beds, one queen, one king, or multi-room suites.
For reservations, please call (304) 632-1111.
Glen Ferris Inn Restaurant
The Glen Ferris Inn has always been known for its quality of food and friendly service. Whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner, experience dining daily in one of the most incredible panoramic settings in West Virginia. You will surely be in awe of the ever changing seasonal sights and sounds of Kanawha Falls while enjoying a meal in our relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
Explore some of the best home-style dishes West Virginia has to offer. Accompanied with our homemade, freshly baked bread, we serve American cuisine with a variety of choices to satisfy any desire. From soups and salads to steak and seafood, we have something for everyone. And make sure to save some room for our famous Peanut Butter Pie!
The Glen Ferris Inn offers an intimate, austere setting for a serene destination wedding. With the Kanawha Falls and Allegheny Mountains as your backdrop, your guests will enjoy a beautiful ceremony in the courtyard. A reception will follow in our elegant ballroom, which features ceiling-to-floor glass windows for a panoramic view of Glen Ferris’ natural beauty. Your guests can dine and dance the night away to celebrate the first of many memories yet to come as newlyweds.
Our goal here at the Glen Ferris Inn is to provide you with the wedding of your dreams. We will work with you on your desired design and accommodate you and your guests in every way possible.
We look forward to speaking with you further about your wedding plans. Please contact us for more information: (304)-632-1111
The Glen Ferris meeting room is equipped to handle the most intimate meeting or gathering. Our elegant space is the perfect venue to impress your colleagues or friends. Assistance for catering or audio and visual needs are provided through our staff.
Please contact us for more information on how we can help you host any type of social or business gathering. (304)-632-1111