The house was built in 1900 by James Murchie, who came from Scotland to Traverse in 1891 as an apprentice blacksmith. All of the old woodwork and wooden floors have been preserved over the years in this beautiful centennial home.
Franny and Ken Bluhm have owned the house for a quarter century, and are currently restoring it to its original classic style.The home is furnished with antiques that came west with the Oviatt family to Hudson, Ohio in the early 1800's. Some of the lovely art in the house was created by family artists that became quite famous in their day. Samuel Lovett Waldo, famous portrait painter and cousin to Ralph Waldo Emerson, has a portrait of his daughter Helen hanging in the living room.
Your Inn Keeper is Franny Oviatt Bluhm, active in the local area as a naturalist. Our gardens are made for your enjoyment - shared with the songbirds and an occasional hawk. Franny and Ken use renewable energy and local organic foods when possible. We love and are proud of beautiful Traverse City, and enjoy sharing it with our guests.