In June 1917, The Sherburne Inn opened to great fanfare in a bustling upstate New York community, and for the next eighty-seven years served Sherburne as the hub of social activity on the village’s anchor corner. In the 1980s the Inn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of Sherburne’s historic district, the official list of the nation’s historic landmarks deemed worthy of preservation and part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. For the next twenty-some years, the Inn thrived.
In 2002 the new owner closed The Sherburne Inn. For a decade this iconic building – where so many around the state and indeed, around the country, had wed and dined and slept – sat abandoned, and in 2012 was threatened with demolition…to be replaced by a gas station. Then Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) came along, put a halt to the demolition, purchased the building, and got busy.
SSIRP, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has made great progress with repair and renewal of The Sherburne Inn since the 2015 groundbreaking. Thanks to the efforts of SSIRP’s volunteer board of directors, and funding from state and local grants, corporations, and in no small part to the outstanding contributions of individuals from 39 states around the country, SSIRP has been awarded more than $2.5 million of this $4.5 million project, enabling the nonprofit and its network of funders to complete Phases I and II of the four-phase undertaking. SSIRP is halfway home with a project that is of great importance not only as an historical treasure, but to all – near and far – who feel The Sherburne Inn, once opened, will be an economic driver for our region and will once again serve as the anchor property for the community.