The Edwards Waterhouse Inn held their grand opening recently with a champagne christening by Fredonia Mayor Steve Keefe and Innkeepers Maggie Bryan-Peterson and Jeff Peterson. The Inn, located at 71 Central Ave., Fredonia, is the only Bed and Breakfast located within the village of Fredonia.
The Peterson's were joined by over 50 friends, supporters and business associates as they received a warm welcome to the Fredonia business community and gave tours of the Inn. Greg Krauza, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce director of member development, served as the master of ceremonies and several community leaders spoke. Brian Lydic of Lake Shore Savings, primary financial partner and Jeff Ingerson, primary contractor, both expressed gratitude over their role with the project. Mayor Steve Keefe stated "With this group gathered we see community, and with this property we see history. Combine that with the dreams, goals and ambitions of the Peterson's and you have what entrepreneurship is all about." Maggie Bryan-Peterson thanked the many people who helped make this project happen are encouraged all those in attendance to spread the word that the Inn was open and ready to receive guests.
The Bed and Breakfast was named after the original owner, F.S. Edwards, and Dr. John Waterhouse, who transformed the property to the magnificent Queen Anne Victorian it is today. The original construction took place around 1850 and Waterhouse more than doubled the size in 1895. The house has seen many uses including as a sanitarium, a woman's college dormitory (known as "Alumni Hall") and an apartment building.
The Edwards Waterhouse Inn had five elegant rooms that each have private baths, wireless Internet, air conditioning and TV. The common areas include the grand parlor; the receiving room; the morning room; a media/library room and a fitness center. There are many unique pieces of furniture throughout including a chinoisserie china cabinet from Union National in Jamestown.
You can make reservations online by going to www.edwardswaterhouseinn.com or by calling Jeff or Maggie at 672-6751.