History changes some things but not everything.
The Echo Lake Inn was built in 1840 as a Victorian summer hotel. Today it remains one of the few authentic Vermont country inns operating year round. The Vermont Country Inn’s rich heritage includes frequent visits by President Calvin Coolidge, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and many other historic figures.
A guest of the Inn in the 1890’s said of Tyson, the town in which the Inn is located, “It is one of the few places where the dog star seems to be robbed so completely of his power”. It is still that peaceful and quiet.
The original Inn was built in 1799 to the rear of the existing Inn. It collapsed under a severe storm in the 1970’s, having served as an antique shop in its declining years. The popularity of the original Inn, located on the main stage-coach line, was instant and led to the construction of the existing Inn around 1840. The Inn was built by Frank Josselyn for a reported $500.00. It is also reported to beonly one of six Inns in Vermont functioning today that was originally built as an Inn.