The Lafayette Inn features 6 exquisite guest rooms
in an elegant turn of the century building. From the
marble walled vestibule to the carved walnut
staircase, you will find an elegance of bygone years
along with just the right touch of modern updates.
The Inn serves as an elegantly appointed bed &
The Lafayette Inn occupies over two thirds of a
city block and is surrounded on three sides by
original wrought iron fencing.
The Lafayette Inn Re-Opens
Welcome to The Lafayette Inn at Harrisburg, Illinois
Closed for major repairs, the Lafayette Inn has announced its re-opening as of
December 1, 2017, in the elegant and historically significant mansion
constructed in 1921 for C.M. Wasson who began his career as a junk dealer and
eventually become one of the leading coal mining and banking pioneers in
Southern Illinois owning the Wasson Coal Company. Following the Wasson
ownership, the houses were remodeled and became a bed and breakfast
facility. In early 2008, retired Air Force Brigadier General James Hise and
his brother, William, a retired Air Force Colonel, bought the property and
continued to operate a bed and breakfast.
In renaming the Inn, the Hise brothers chose to honor the Marquis de Lafayette,
a Major General in the Continental Army during the Revolution, who served as
aide to General George Washington and who has a unique and memorable
association with this area of Southern Illinois.
In 1825, on his historic and triumphant return and tour of the United States,
General Lafayette paid homage to soldiers living in Southern Illinois who had
fought at his side in the Revolution by attending a reception in his honor at
Shawneetown on May 8, 1825. Hundreds of war veterans gathered to hear the
General praise the courage of those who had fought for liberty and
independence. In the crowd that day was a soldier who had been General
Lafayette’s personal bodyguard at Valley Forge. Later, the National Guard of the
United States was named in his honor acknowledging his leadership of the
French Garde Nationale de Paris.
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|Add Class and Charm to a Memorable Occasion 202 West Poplar Street, Harrisburg, Illinois, 62946 Phone: (618) 252-7599
The Lafayette Inn is
located at Harrisburg,
Illinois, the Gateway to
the Shawnee National
Forest and Ohio River
Recreational Area with
the convenience to a
major interstate highway
nearby. Hiking trails,
horseback riding, hunting
boating and swimming
are all available within
minutes of town.