General Wayne Inn

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General Wayne Inn
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General Wayne Inn is located in Pennsylvania
General Wayne Inn
General Wayne Inn is located in the US
General Wayne Inn
Location Merion, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates 40°0′33″N 75°15′13″W / 40.00917°N 75.25361°W / 40.00917; -75.25361Coordinates: 40°0′33″N 75°15′13″W / 40.00917°N 75.25361°W / 40.00917; -75.25361
Built 1704
NRHP Reference # 76001655[1]
Added to NRHP January 1, 1976

The General Wayne Inn located at 625 Montgomery Ave[2] 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[edit]

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.[3]

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.[3] Sileo doubled back, killed Webb using a gun later linked to him by forensic evidence, then rushed to arrive at dinner before Moyse.

Police believe that Moyse realized her boyfriend had set her up as his alibi, and had been unable to live with it.[3][4]

Police were able to prove that Sileo had killed Webb in order to receive the $650,000 ($equivalent to $993,000 in 2016) life insurance money from their partnership policies, before Webb could end their partnership and shut down the General Wayne.[5] Sileo was convicted in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison.[5]

Synagogue[edit]

In 2005, the building was purchased and renovated by Chabad of the Main Line, and converted into a synagogue and community centre.[2]

Famous people[edit]

Famous people who visited here include:

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "General Wayne Inn". Chabad-Lubavitch of The Main Line. Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. 
  3. ^ a b c "Murder on the Menu". Forensic Files. 8 February 2006. HLN. 
  4. ^ "General Wayne Inn". Famous Haunted Houses and Places. Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained. 
  5. ^ a b Hessler Jr., Carl (1 June 2012). "General Wayne Inn killer chef sees latest appeal denied". Delaware County Daily Times. Retrieved 29 April 2016.