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Tales of the Featherstone Inn

William Howard Taft, our 27th President, was such a fan of the Featherstone Inn that hardly a week went by in the summer where he didn’t make an appearance.

One evening, he arrived unannounced and bemoaned to the concierge that his hunger had reached titanic proportions. Obadiah Featherstone, then the owner and cook, is said to have closed the kitchen that night upon hearing the nightmarish rumble of Taft’s stomach.

Sadly, Taft was tone deaf, so he didn’t hear Obadiah’s high-pitched, obscenity-laced suggestion to find someplace else to eat. Instead, he waited for hours in the lobby to be seated, and eventually fell asleep on the floor beneath the unfinished painting of Garret Hobart.

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When booking a room at the Featherstone Inn, make sure you ask for the Taft bedroom, which survives to this day. The room’s unique bathroom has hidden cupboards, perfect for hiding midnight snacks. Plus, the bathtub is large enough to hold four people.


Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer as It’s a Shore Thing follows the adventures of the Featherstone family as they run the family bed and breakfast in out-of-the-way North Lower Bayheightsville.

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