Simon Kenton’s Legacy
Much of our surroundings have changed since Simon Kenton roamed over 50,000 acres with the Shawnee, Tecumseh and Daniel Boone. Deeded to him by the US Government, the Simon Kenton farm became the first white settlement in Ohio. Simon’s cabin was situated adjacent to where the old Spring House still stands. A historical marker is all that remains today. There are many legends as to why Simon chose this land, but the truth has been clouded by myth and superstition.
Simon lost his land by the early 1800s due to financial misfortune, and it passed to Samuel McCord. Kenton’s daughter Sally married into the McCord family. As the land changed hands it was divided and redivided. The Hunt family of Princeton, NJ moved here in 1823 and built the current Federal Style Home and Spring House in 1828.
Over the years his property continued to be divided and sold, and its buildings fell into disrepair. On a dark and rainy December night in 2004, an experienced entrepreneur, Theresa R. Siejack, heeded our call and drove up the driveway by the derelict old house situated on a hilly 4.5 acre remnant of the original property.
Immediately drawn to the land and recognizing its inherent potential, she eagerly returned the next day, and after several more visits, negotiated a purchase contract. Six months after sinking her entire life savings into the required major renovations, she opened her fourth B&B in her 21 years of public service.
Now known as the Simon Kenton Inn, it has become a focal point for visitors that come far and wide to enjoy her renowned hospitality. The Inn and its beautifully manicured grounds are a favorite hot spot for parties, weddings, reunions, and other major life events. After opening, Theresa’s dream quickly became a gathering place for the local community. Following her passion, and encouraged by the community, she began a $1M expansion project that added a pub, restaurant, additional guest rooms, and 18 additional acres in April 2009. Theresa added a party pavilion for up to 500 guests in the spring of 2010.
We, the spirits that inhabit this land, welcome your visit and remind you that this is sacred land and an Indian burial area. While walking the land late at night, one can still hear the howl of coyotes and sense our presence as we still dwell here – the very same spirits that drew this talented woman who answered our call to return the property to its once cherished glory in service to the community and sanctuary for travelers.
Who knows, you may even bump into Simon and his friend Tecumseh who watch over this cherished land and the beginning of Theresa’s legacy.