The Morgan Samuels Inn was once the New York getaway for James Judson Morgan, a local stage actor, born in Montreal and related to the famous " Canadian Morgan's" who purchased the residence in 1940. He transformed the home in the early 1940's to a significant "Colonial Revival" style home detailing the spirit of Williamsburg.  The very large and extensive renovation for this period in time at the close of the depression and the start of WWII could have only been done by someone of great wealth.

The first recorded sale of this property was October 6, 1794, when Nathaniel Gorham, Jr. sold the property to the Barlow Brothers for 30 pounds. The property was used as farmland.

In the early 1800's Robert Davison purchased the property for $685 and it is believed he built the first house around 1810 using the fieldstone from the property.  The property would be owned by two other Davison's till the property sold in 1852 to Jefferson J Whitney for $7500.   Whitney sold the property exactly one year later to Reuben J Sutherland.  Reuben owned the property for 30 years and raised his family there.  He deeded it to his daughter Alice A Palmer.  When Alice died March 18th, 1933, her two sons Leon H and Earl D inherited the property.  They sold the property to James Judson Morgan April 11th, 1940.

The house was later purchased by industrialist, civil rights activist and philanthropist Howard Samuels, who with his brother Richard established Kordite Corp in 1946 and invented plastic wrap, wax paper, disposable kitchenware and a sturdy trash bag that became the Hefty brand. Howard later was undersecretary of Commerce and Chief of the Small Business Administration under President Lyndon B Johnson, special advisor to the campaign for president John F. Kennedy and the administration of President Carter.  He ran two unsuccessful bids for Governor of New York State.  The Samuels' raised their eight children at their home in Hopewell till they sold the house to Gary Haynes in December of 1975.  The local newspaper, The Daily Messenger did a story on November 21, 1975, about a different kind of "yard sale".  The Samuels had a household yard sale and sold everything that remained.  Many showed up just to see the house.

In 1988 Julie Sullivan bought the place and turned it into a Bed & Breakfast.  John would prepare mouth watering gourmet meals for their guests   Julie and John owned the Bed & Breakfast for almost 30 years and had quite a following. 

The year 2020 brings new ownership and a new plan for this beautiful property.  The property can be enjoyed as a venue for your wedding or reception, your reunion or a business meeting.  A weekend retreat or a Christmas party.  You can rent the whole mansion for your wedding party or for a family sleepover. 

The venue consists of seven guest bedrooms, all with king or queen beds, all uniquely named for the characteristics they embody. There are six and a half bathrooms.  There are 11 fireplaces that make the inside warm and inviting, 8 natural gas and three wood burning.   Oriental rugs and museum-quality furniture highlight the walnut and mahogany inlays and 16-inch floorboards. Paintings and antique pictures decorate the walls. The glass-enclosed porch overlook the original stone wall rockery capturing the English beauty and charm.


The Morgan Samuels Venue is the perfect place to celebrate your special day.  You can have small and intimate or you can celebrate with 250+ of your closest friends and family.  There are 45 acres to choose where you make those special memories.


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2920 Smith Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424

(585) 748-4045

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