Home    Want to Own a Historic Village? Story Inn in Indiana Seeking a Buyer to Write Next Chapter

Bed-and-breakfast venues continue to be a burgeoning (and delicious!) business proposition in cozy and quaint towns throughout the Midwest.

We’ve covered a few B&Bs that have landed on the market in search of a new proprietor, but the Story Inn is different.

Currently the most expensive listing in a town of around 1,000 residents, Story Inn is tucked into a living-history village. Step into the inn and its surrounding structures, and you will feel transported to the 1800s. It’s the time machine aspect that makes this opportunity so appealing.

The property’s listed with Chris Cockerham of F.C. Tucker Bloomington Realtors and is being pitched as a way to invest in the village, mainly because the inn is the village.

Located 15 minutes from Nashville, IN, the village and all of its buildings are included in the $3.8 million list price.

A buyer will become intimately acquainted with the hospitality industry—a total of 13 accommodations are available for booking through Story Inn. Four rooms are located above the general store. The rest of the lodgings are in private cottages, including the former home of Dr. George Story. Additional cottages and a one-room schoolhouse can also be booked through Story Inn.

One of the rooms

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Another room
Another room

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The general store
The general store

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Barn for weddings
Barn for weddings

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Included in the 17-acre village—built in 1851—are a collection of barns, a sawmill, grain mill, orchards, outbuildings, and fenced horse pastures. A general store (which doubles as a restaurant and tavern) destroyed in a 1915 fire was later rebuilt and now open for business—the inn is upstairs.

This year, the Story Historic District debuts on the National Register of Historic Places.

A buyer intrigued by the fantasy of owning and operating a B&B can rest assured that income streams are already flowing.

Wine lovers and foodies flock to the inn’s restaurant thanks to a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and many couples have chosen to host their wedding reception at the inn, or in the adjacent barn or 19th-century grain mill. Much of the restaurant’s ingredients are grown in the inn’s culinary gardens by a dedicated gardener, or sourced from local farms and producers.

Whoever does purchase this fascinating opportunity will have quite a … story … to tell.

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