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Baldwinsville Red Mill Inn celebrates five years

The Red Mill Inn in Baldwinsville is observing its fifth anniversary.

Located on riverfront in the heart of the village, the 32-room facility continues to gain in popularity, not only as a place to stay, but for a wide array of catered and special events ranging from conferences to baby showers, wedding receptions and other special events.

Recently, Jimmy Wulforst became general manager, bringing with him extensive experience in all aspects of the hospitality business, having operated major hotels and resorts in the western United States. With an enthusiastic and positive attitude, Wulforst has been winning new friends by spreading the message both locally and far and wide of what the Red Mill Inn has to offer.

The Red Mill Inn's popularity and uniqueness is attested to by the return business in the way of visitors who rave over the attractive and warm ambiance of the rooms and conference facilities and the personal service they receive. The hotel also has a 43-car parking lot and is equipped with high-speed Internet and teleconferencing systems designed to accommodate business travelers. All rooms have cable TV, a DVD/CD player as well as individually-controlled heat and air conditioning, and a full size iron and board.

History of 'The Red Mill'

John McHarrie and Stephen Baldwin, among the first settlers of Baldwinsville, built what today is the Red Mill Inn as a three-story gristmill in 1828. It took two years and thousands of man hours to complete. Throughout its history, it was referred to as "The Farmers Mill" and "The Red Mill."In 2005, Mercer Milling Co. moved to a new facility, leaving doubt as to the future of the 150-year- old "Red Mill," as it was called.

It was the sole survivor of the flour and grist mills and other local industries that once lined the banks of the Seneca River through Baldwinsville. Local entrepreneurs Jay Bernhardt and Jake McKenna felt this historic landmark should be preserved and transformed into a high-end hotel. The community wholeheartedly supported the effort and over the course of a year the structure was completely renovated. Former Mayor Dan O'Hara, now State Fair Director, lauded Bernhardt and McKenna as "professionals who understand economic development." It is officially owned by J&J Enterprises.

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