General Wayne Inn
General Wayne Inn
|Architectural style||No Style Listed|
|NRHP Reference #||76001655|
|Added to NRHP||January 1, 1976|
The General Wayne Inn located at 625 Montgomery Ave in Merion, Pennsylvania is a tavern on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976. Established in 1704, it was previously named the William Penn Inn, Wayside Inn, Tunis Ordinary, and Streepers Tavern before being renamed in 1793 honor of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne who had once stayed there.
There is a legend that the building is haunted by numerous ghosts, including a handful of Hessian soldiers. Edgar Allan Poe was a frequent visitor of the inn and carved his initials in one of the window sills in 1843. Jim Webb, one of the more recent owners of the inn, was found murdered there in his office in 1996, a year after having purchased the business. He had been shot by his business partner, Guy Sileo, who killed Webb for life insurance money, in order to prevent him from shutting down the inn, and ending their partnership. Upon conviction Sileo was sentenced to life in prison. Felicia Moyse, a 20-year-old assistant chef at the inn (and witness in the Jim Webb murder), committed suicide on February 22, 1997. Her suicide was never solved but it is believed that as she was used as an alibi in Jim Webb's murder, and she may have realized it and been unable to live with it.
Famous people who visited here include:
- William Penn
- Anthony Wayne
- George Washington
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette
- Lake, Matt (2005). "Hessian Mercenaries Haunt General Wayne Inn". Weird Pennsylvania: your travel guide to Pennsylvania's local legends and best kept secrets. Sterling Pub. Co. ISBN 9781402732799.