Inn at Willow Grove

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Discover the Inn at Willow Grove with its exquisite craftsmanship rendered by the same artisans chosen by Thomas Jefferson to build the University of Virginia.

The Inn at Willow Grove was acquired in 1778 by Joseph Clark, one of the largest land surveyors in the region. Even from its origin, the manor house was incredibly special. The original plantation house was expanded in the mid-1800s, when the brick structure with Jeffersonian columns and hanging porches were added by the same craftsmen chosen by Thomas Jefferson to work on the University of Virginia. Willow Grove saw some action in the Civil War. Trenches and gun emplacements are visible near the house, and a cannon ball was found lodged in the manor house’s eaves many years ago. Antebellum structures including the Schoolhouse, Smokehouse, Weaving House, Ash House, and Spring House remain on the grounds to this day. Once home to at least 34 slaves, Willow Grove was a working plantation for many years. While not known to be a “station” on the underground railroad, a series of hidden passageways and crawl space have been found in the manor house’s attic.

The location has changed hands many times and has undergone any number of renovations and expansion since its origins in the 1770s. Willow Grove operated as a bed & breakfast for over 20 years before the current owners purchased the inn in 2008. They subsequently began a massive, multimillion dollar top-to-bottom renovation that was completed some to years later. The Inn at Willow Grove is now a luxurious boutique hotel and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-rated restaurant that offers guests elegant and contemporary "urban meets plantation" décor, gourmet farm-to-table cuisine, and gracious personal service. The Inn at Willow Grove was even listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register in 1978 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The Inn at Willow Grove has also been a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2017.

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