After serving as a private home since its construction in 1870, Ed Shrader and Dan Rider had the vision to transform the Victorian home into the current Black Squirrel Inn in 1997. The restoration process maintained the lovely interior woodwork and exterior gingerbread details along the porch and eaves of the Inn. The Inn’s furnishings mingle modern convenience with antique quality to achieve a comfortable and elegant presence all around.
In 2006, Ed and Dan graciously turned the keys over to Fong Wong, the current innkeeper. Fong and her husband Amyaz (a professor at the nearby College of Wooster) have found Wooster to be the ideal small town for raising their family. Their love of good food and good company has guided them to infuse the Black Squirrel Inn with its signature atmosphere of elegant comfort, and their passion for supporting other local businesses has provided them with a deeper awareness of the treasures that Wooster and Wayne County have to offer visitors.
The Black Squirrel Inn has welcomed a wonderful variety of guests over the years, from families of College of Wooster students to music lovers attending the annual Ohio Light Opera season performances, world class musicians performing in the Wooster Chamber Music Series, fiber artists, wedding parties, honeymooners, families and friends gathering for holidays, and seasoned travelers, both for business and adventure. Guests are welcomed to feel at home, and by the end of their visits, many have become friends!
Fong enjoys good, fresh, local food and often incorporate seasonal produce, home-baked scones or other delights, quality meats, and fine coffee and tea into the sumptuous breakfast prepared for guests. Many dietary preferences can be accommodated; please ask when you make your reservation.
Your innkeepers enjoy meeting new people and finding out what they can do to make your visit as stress-free and enjoyable as possible — to welcome you to your home away from home.