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Bay View in Emmet County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Stafford's Bay View Inn

Registered Michigan Historic Site

 
 
Stafford's Bay View Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 25, 2016
1. Stafford's Bay View Inn Marker
Inscription.  
J. W. Howard completed this spacious inn in 1887, naming it the Woodland Avenue House because of its proximity to that street. Later he called the hotel the Howard House. In 1923 the popular resort became the Roselawn in honor of Horace Rose, innkeeper at that time. Renamed the Bay View Inn, this building is now Stafford's Bay View Inn and is one of the oldest seasonal hotels in continuous operation in the area. Carved out of deeded railroad property next to the village of Petoskey in 1875, the summer colony of Bay View began as a religious retreat. Then it became a cultural and educational center complete with a college and Chautauqua series. This inn is a center of hospitality in the swirl of local summer activities.
 
Erected 1978 by Michigan History Division, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S0151.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
 
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Stafford's Bay View Inn and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 25, 2016
2. Stafford's Bay View Inn and Marker
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23.172′ N, 84° 55.687′ W. Marker is in Bay View, Michigan, in Emmet County. Marker is at the intersection of Woodland Avenue (U.S. 31) and Reed Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Woodland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2011 Woodland Avenue, Petoskey MI 49770, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Epworth Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Woman's Council (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hitchcock Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bay View Historical Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Bay View Fire Hydrant (approx. 0.3 miles away); Speaker's Stand (approx. 0.3 miles away); John M. Hall Auditorium (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bay View / Bay View Association (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bay View.
 
Also see . . .
1. 145 Years of Romantic History. Stafford's Bay View Inn website homepage (Submitted on September 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. The Bay View Association of the United Methodist Church. Association website homepage (Submitted on September 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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Nov. 29, 2022