The Gridley Inn

Maddy and Stephani welcome you to the Gridley Inn as your home away from home. Enjoy this grand Victorian home, as its founder Eleanora Gridley wanted her home to be shared since 1868. Take a step back in time upon entering the Inn as you marvel at the decor throughout. Maddy and Stephani take great pride and enjoyment in making your stay as pleasant, relaxing and stress free as possible.

Start your day off with a succulent three course breakfast before venturing out to explore Waterloo and the Finger Lakes Region. Make the Gridley your oasis as you enjoy the many shops, wineries, breweries, restaurants, farm stores and athletic activities in our area.

Your Hosts, Stephani and Madison

My roots originate from Omaha, Nebraska. Upon coming east, I completed my Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from SUNY Adirondack and earned my Bachelor of Science in education from SUNY Oswego. As a chef, my goal is to present comforting and delicious dishes that will be sure to satisfy your taste buds. Please feel free to let me know if you have any food allergies or special dietary needs. In my spare time, I enjoy playing games and taking care of our four beautiful labs. Stephani and I are very excited to share our home and Inn with you. We look forward to your visit as not only our guest but as a member of our family.

Stephani will handle the front end of the Inn. Please let her know if you need anything that will make your stay more comfortable. Steph is a Jersey gal but an Adirondack lover at heart. She has been either coming up to the ‘Dacks or until recently been living in the Lake George Region for nearly 50 years. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Saint Peter’s University and a dual Master’s in School Business Administration and Administration and Supervision from William Paterson College. Steph taught high school business for twenty-five years in Paterson, New Jersey. As Madison will attest, Stephani will keep your head spinning as she moves from one activity to another. Some of Steph’s many activities and accomplishments include: hiking all 46 High Peaks in NY, climbing Mt. Rainier in Washington, making two attempts on Denali in Alaska and one on Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, playing softball for nearly forty years, loves to play golf, completed several 70.3 triathlons, half marathons, along with running events of all types, enjoys landscaping and is an ardent Yankee, Jet, Rangers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan. We have one niece and a grand daughter along with four beautiful labs who we refer to as our “kids.” If you have any allergies to pets, please let us know. Rose, Carmel, Noodle and Huckleberry are not allowed in guest areas. You might encounter them outside of the house. They are friendly and love to show affection.

A History of the Gridley’s
In 1858, Eleanora Gridley purchased land for “an elegant home” to be built for her family, quite an unusual occurrence for a woman at the time, when women usually did not own property. In 1869, Eleanora, 37, her husband, Charles C., 35, daughters Phebe, 7, and Eliza, 2, with their servant Bridget Malsue, 40, moved into this beautiful new home. The two-story brick edifice was situated next to the Elisha Williams Mansion on Main Street in Waterloo. Charles was quite the entrepreneur and was a great contributor to the social and business growth of Waterloo. He served as Chorister and Organist of the First Presbyterian Church for 41 years, where his father, The Rev. Samuel H. Gridley, DD, was minister. For a time, he was an operator in the Pennsylvania oil fields. Charles also was associated with his brother, Samuel H., in the hardware business, under the firm name, Gridley & Brother. Charles and partner Joseph Slack built the Academy of Music which once occupied the corner where the Post Office is today. As director, Charles managed the great theater and hall, the largest hall in town. It was elegant, comfortable, had a good dancing floor, and was a popular place in which to hold large gatherings. The Academy was destroyed by fire in 1904. Charles was very interested in agriculture and was a successful maltster. He worked at the Nester Malt House in Waterloo, which had a 100,000 bushel capacity. Gridley was also in the grocery business with Alexander C. Reed at the corner of Main and Virginia streets. In 1876, Charles C. Gridley and Charles Pratt received a patent for improving the raised center washboard. In 1879 the Wilson Yeast and Manufacturing Co. was formed, with Charles as the business Secretary, to manufacture ~Wilson Reliable Yeast”. A division of this project, run by Charles C. included the manufacturing of “Monarch” washboards, fruit crates, grape boxes and the containers used by Wilson Yeast and Manufacturing Co. Charles C. passed away at his desk on December 6, 1897. His final resting place is in the historic Maple Grove Cemetery on Stark Street, with Eleanora his wife, who died September 15, 1913.

36 West Main Street
Waterloo NY 13165

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