Echo Inn Aerial 1960

We often get asked about the history of this beautiful Inn, so we thought you might enjoy some of the highlights.

The Inn was built by John H. and Jessie B. Patterson of Jacksonville, Florida as a private summer home in 1896. It was purchased in the 1920s by Felix Lake and then Dr. Charles and Ida deGarmo also from Florida, who operated “The Tea Room” until Florida hurricanes and the stock market crash, caused them to close their doors. Florida friends convinced Isabel J. Foster to lease the property and, with considerable ingenuity and hard work, she and her daughter, Nell, operated “Camp Happiness” for teenage girls for 4 seasons. She bought cots for $0.25 each, turned the porches and all available space into dormitories. Isabel also created a swimming pool from an abandoned reservoir, set up tennis courts and hiking trails, and provided horseback riding lessons.

In the mid 1930s, the Royall family bought the property from the deGarmos. Rev. William R. Royall, his wife, Ina and his son, William Jr. named it Echo Inn and ran it as a restaurant and country Inn until the 1970s. They made additions to the main Inn and built several other buildings on the property. William R. Royall Jr. also served as mayor of Laurel Park Village for 17 years.

For the next 20 years, the Inn, which became known as Echo Mountain Inn, had several owners including Cooper and Elizabeth Smith, Dick and Marion Mulford, and Peter and Shirley Demaras. Each made additions and improvements based on their talents and vision for the Inn.

In July 2004, the current owners purchased the inn and have worked very hard to keep the historic character of the property while adding modern conveniences. Each newly restored and decorated room has been named to convey its unique motif. From the Royal Room to the Plum Pretty Room to the Rustic Room, every effort has been made to provide a place where you will feel at home.

 
  • Echo Inn Aerial 1960

    Echo Inn Aerial 1960

     
  • B&B Echo Inn 1920

    Echo Inn 1920

     
  • Echo Inn Postcard 1943

    Echo Inn Postcard 1943

     
  • Echo Inn 1960

    Echo Inn 1960

     
  • Echo Inn 1960

    Echo Inn 1960

     
  • Echo Inn 1960

    Echo Inn 1960

     
  • B&B Guest Room 1960

    Guest Room 1960

     
  • Bridge Playing Room 1960

    Bridge Playing Room 1960

     
  • Echo Inn Porch

    Echo Inn Porch

     
  • View from Echo Inn Postcard

    View from Echo Inn Postcard

     
  • View from Little Echo 1962

    View from Little Echo 1962

     
  • The Pool 1962

    The Pool 1962

     
  • Echo Mountain Inn 4th of July 1963

    4th of July at Echo Mountain Inn 1963

     
  • Party 1963

    Party 1963

     
  • The Pool 1963

    The Pool 1963

     
  • Sunporch 1963

    Sunporch 1963

     
  • B&B Dining Room 1965

    The Dining Room 1965

     
  • B&B Living Room 1965

    Living Room 1965

     
  • Shuffleboard Tournament 1966

    Shuffleboard Tournament 1966

     
  • Shuffleboard Tournament 1966

    Shuffleboard Tournament 1966

     
  • Ladies Luncheon 1966

    Ladies Luncheon 1966

     
  • View from Echo Inn

    View from Echo Inn

     
  • B&B Echo Mountain Inn wedding

    Echo Mountain Inn wedding

     
  • Aerial view of Echo Mountain Inn Postcard

    Aerial view of Echo Mountain Inn Postcard

     
 

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