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A look at the history of one of Culver's most beloved and lasting institutions: The Culver Inn

Of all the hotels and places of  lodging in Culver, the Culver Inn may be the most fondly remembered today, owing at least partly to its longevity. It was the longest-standing hotel in Culver's history, having been built in the 1870s (and dubbed The Palmer House then) and in operation continuously until its demolition in 1991. Many people, both alumni of Culver Academy and residents of the community, have fond memories of good food and good times at the Inn, as well as the beautiful setting on the lake that it provided.

This page is intended as a tour of the history of the Culver Inn in words and pictures. Many of the images have been made available to us by the John Cleveland family (his is the collection of postcards that makes up most of our vintage photo gallery!) and Jan Sanders, a longtime worker at the Inn and Culver resident (many of her artifacts and clippings fill these pages on the Inn).

A very thorough history of the Culver Inn appeared in Mark A. Roeder's book, A History of Culver & Lake Maxinkuckee. To read the full text of his history of the Culver Inn, click here.

We invite those with memories of the Culver Inn they wish to share, to submit them by clicking here and filling out the form with their story written in. We hope to set up a site with stories and memories of the Inn.

More Culver Inn History:
Images of the Inn

A 1960s Promotional Brochure

Inn Artifacts Mark Roeder's History of the Culver Inn

Submit Your Memory or Story about the Inn!