Stop #8 – Old Munford Inn


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Stop #8 - Old Munford Inn

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
Old Munford Inn

      2. History of the Old Munford Inn
Told by Carolyn Short

      3. Early Settlers
Told by Carolyn Short

Carolyn Short

Carolyn Short

      4. God's Own Treated Lumber
Told by Charlie Williams

      5. Jenny Lind Pockets Full of Money
Told by Charlie Williams

      6. John Muir's Thousand Mile Walk
Told by Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams