won't find many places that have a tradition of hospitality as long
and colorful as the Livonia Inn.
its origins as the "Commercial House" during the post-Civil
War era - when Livonia was a booming center for agriculture, rail
transportation, salt mining, small manufacturing, and recreation
- to its present operation as a restaurant and lounge, the Livonia
Inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years.
Livonia Inn is the only one of four original area hotels still open
to the public. The Baldwin House burned down in 1895 and the Gambee
Hotel in 1951. The earliest of the four, the Cottage Hotel,built
in 1855, still survives as the Cottage Hotel Apartments.
years the Inn's spacious front porch was a popular place for townspeople,
politicians and visitors to exchange opinions and gossip. A place
where baseball teams, veterans, and carnival groups posed for photos
and posterity. And during Prohibition, the Inn's bar changed from
a saloon to an ice cream parlor.
proprietors have extended hospitality over the years, but it was
perhaps "Ellie" Bolles who was most widely known and loved.
He was the official "meeter and greeter" of visitors strolling
along Livonia's Commercial Street, an active organizer of plays
and musicals, and, in his trademark derby hat, the administrator
of local horse and household auctions during the turn of the century.
pleased to share some of our colorful past with you...and hope you'll
continue to be our guest as the Livonia Inn begins its next 100
years of fine food and hospitality.