Built in 1822 as a New England farmhouse, the historic Inn at Crotched Mountain in Francestown, New Hampshire once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to Canada. A secret tunnel led from the cellar to the road. During the late 1920's, the homestead became a renowned farm, with prize-winning livestock such as sheep, cattle, horses, and Angora goats.
Part of the house was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt in 1935, but much of the original brick building still remains.
John and Rose Perry purchased the home in 1976.
They have been working ever since to preserve and respect its rich, historical past while providing modern bed and breakfast lodging accommodations.
On a 65-acre parcel of land, the inn offers a tranquil setting and a breathtaking view across Piscataquog Valley. The decor is elegantly rustic, with rich wood tones accented by vivid, jewel-like colors and striking paintings. Fresh flowers grace both public and private rooms. The 13 cozy bedrooms are furnished in lovely antiques befitting a country estate.
The house also features nine working fireplaces, four of which are in the guestrooms. Two dining rooms are warmed by original old fireplaces, and the main dining area contains the built-in bookcases and books, including a history of the Inn, from the old house.
In addition to her role as hostess, Rose stars as the chef. Her artistry combines an eye for enticing presentation with creative use of well-matched ingredients. Many of the vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers that she uses are grown on the grounds.