The Benham School House Inn
The mission of the management and staff is to provide their guests with an experience that reflects the spirit and hospitality of the people of Appalachia. That is why we strive to not only meet visitors’ needs but to always exceed their expectations.
“The Great Room” once served as the school’s gymnasium but is now a beautiful banquet hall seating up to 350 guests.
•Conference Rooms available for seminars and executive meetings
•30 guest rooms, many equipped with gas fireplaces
•Honeymoon Suite complete with hot tub
•The Apple Room Restaurant features fine mountain dining in an intimate setting. Its menu includes daily regional favorites
•Tennis courts and children’s playground conveniently located
•Organized tours offered to nearby state parks, highest point in Kentucky, Bad Branch Falls and other historic and recreational attractions
•Tour buses welcome
The Inn was built in 1926 by Wisconsin Steel Corporation (later known as International Harvester) as a high school and elementary school for coal camp children. At that time, the school was considered very progressive with amenities that were unheard of in mountain schools. For example, the coal company supplemented salaries in order to attract the best possible teachers. The last high school class graduated in 1961, but the building continued to be used as an elementary school until 1992. A year later, work began to transform the historical building into a country inn and restaurant. Today, the Inn is considered one of the premier tourist stops in the region. Although elegant and comfortable, the Inn has stayed true to its schoolhouse roots. The lockers–painted dark green–still exist. The room numbers each stand for a graduating class. Some of the rooms have the same wood floors where students once learned their ABCs.