About The Museum
Visit the Compass Inn to receive an informative and entertaining tour by costumed docents that tells the story of transportation and everyday life in the early 1800's. The tour delivers "history with a smile" by incorporating a generous sprinkling of etymology (word and phrase origins). For example you can learn why we drink in “bars” and “toast” people.
The restored Inn is completely furnished with period pieces. Visitors can tour seven rooms including the common room, serving kitchen, ladies parlor and four bedrooms. Staying in a hotel was very different in 1820 than it is today. You have to see it to appreciate it.
The 1-1/2 hour tour includes the original
Inn, and three reconstructed outbuildings: a cookhouse, blacksmith
shop and barn, all completely furnished with period pieces. (Click on pictures to view a larger image)
The Blacksmith Shop
The cookhouse is a reconstructed building, but old materials were used when available. For example the open hearth/beehive oven arrangement was transferred here from the Shaffer farm just a couple miles away and dates back to the 1700’s. It is still functional and is used during living history weekends and some school tours.
See some of the pots and utensils the women used to prepare meals over an open hearth and learn how they baked bread in the beehive oven. Discover why wealthy people are sometimes called the “upper crust”.