General Wayne Inn
General Wayne Inn
|Location||Merion, Pennsylvania, USA|
|NRHP reference #||76001655|
|Added to NRHP||January 1, 1976|
The General Wayne Inn located at 625 Montgomery Ave in Merion, Pennsylvania is a former tavern. It has been 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 in honor of American Revolutionary War hero General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, who had once stayed there.
Murder and suicide
Executive chef Jim Webb and his business partner, Guy Sileo, bought the General Wayne in 1995. Webb was found murdered there in his office on December 27, 1996. Felicia Moyse, a 20-year-old assistant chef at the inn and Sileo's girlfriend, committed suicide on February 22, 1997.
Moyse had been an alibi witness for Sileo. On the night of the murder, she and Sileo left the General Wayne at the same time, driving to dinner in their separate vehicles. Sileo doubled back, killed Webb using a gun later linked to him by forensic evidence, then rushed to arrive at dinner before Moyse.
Police were able to prove that Sileo had killed Webb in order to receive the $650,000 (equivalent to $1,038,000 in 2018) life insurance money from their partnership policies, before Webb could end their partnership and shut down the General Wayne. Sileo was convicted in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison.
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Famous people who visited here include:
- William Penn
- Anthony Wayne
- George Washington
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette
- Benjamin Franklin
- Julius Erving
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