History of Three Oaks Inn

“Ashmoor”   The McGawn Residence circa February, 1943 was originally located at 6 Ash Street East prior being moved to its current location.

Known as “Ashmoor,” the shingled, Folk-Victorian home was Architect Designed and constructed circa 1904 – ’05 by Morris G. & Gertrude McGawn for their family.  The McGawn home was considered very modern and boasted indoor plumbing that included hot running water, central heat and electric lighting as well. The three-lot parcel had many terraced planting beds and formal gardens which included two ponds and a stone wishing well. The McGawn home is considered one of the historic homes of Three Oaks Village.

Morris McGawn. Mrs. Gertrude McGawn (center) with daughters Ethel (left) and Alice (right.)

Morris McGawn. Mrs. Gertrude McGawn (center) with daughters Ethel (left) and Alice (right.)

At 14 years of age, Mr. McGawn started his career at the E.K. Warren Featherbone Factory, cleaning the company offices.  He worked his way through the ranks and later became the Secretary of the Corporation. In later years, Mr. McGawn being a prominent member of the Three Oaks community, was a banker at The Bank of Three Oaks.

“Ashmoor” was originally built at 6 East Ash Street, just to the West of the current Farm Bureau Insurance Agency where it remained in the McGawn family through the early 1960’s. The home changed hands several times prior to being purchased by a subsequent owner in 2005 where the home was lifted off its original stone foundation and moved to its present location around the corner at 204 Oak Street. At that time, the residence received major renovations and upgrades to the infrastructure and mechanical systems. Most all of the original trim, moldings, inlaid floors, pocket doors / French doors and fireplace have remained intact and compliment the current decor.

The current owner identified a need for overnight accommodations in the Village of Three Oaks and purchased Ashmoor home in 2011 with the thoughts of establishing The Three Oaks Inn Bed and Breakfast. We continued where the prior owner left off and transformed the home into a boutique fine-lodging establishment. We offer our guests queen suites with private baths, fine furnishings and appointments. Our queen Sealy-Posturepedic Luxury-Plush bed sets offer quality bedding and linens for your comfort. The entire Inn has been furnished with fine furnishings and accessories from a mix of decorating styles and periods for a sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance.

Welcome To Our Inn

Historic “Ashmoor” in present day: Three Oaks Inn

Three Oaks Inn is located within the Village of Three Oaks, near all of the fine art galleries, dining, entertainment, winery/brewery, distillery and shopping along Elm Street and Generations Drive. Three Oaks Village is a short drive from area beaches, vineyards and year-round outdoor activities. We are an easy drive to South Bend / Notre Dame as well.

Three Oaks Inn makes a wonderful destination year-round with seasonal activities available in the surrounding HarborCountry area of Southwest Michigan.

Leave a Response