Stop #8 – Old Munford Inn
1. Stop 8 Audio
The Old Munford Inn is a two-story double log house with a large central chimney between two original wings. Built around 1810, the inn was tended in its early years by Thomas Bolin Munford, brother to the founder of Munfordville. According to legend, it was one of the most famous inns of what was known as “the West” and was especially renowned for its food and the genial, intelligent host’s hospitality.
As a way-station for visitors to Mammoth Cave, the Inn entertained many of the most significant travelers of the 19th century, including renowned Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind. Lind visited Mammoth Cave in 1851 on her wildly successful performing tour of the United States.
It is also said that the famous naturalist, John Muir, stayed here in 1867 during his 1,000 mile walk from Indiana to Florida.
The building was restored by, and is owned by, the Munfordville Women’s Club.
Oral Histories about
2. History of the Old Munford InnTold by Carolyn Short
3. Early SettlersTold by Carolyn Short
4. God's Own Treated LumberTold by Charlie Williams
5. Jenny Lind Pockets Full of MoneyTold by Charlie Williams
6. John Muir's Thousand Mile WalkTold by Charlie Williams