When they started building the Inn in 1788, they had one building with 8 rooms. Seven of these rooms were for travelers and the eighth room was considered not only the tavern, but the Innkeeperís room as well. It is understood that at that time, the kitchen was just an outhouse. After the first building was completed, construction began on the second building which housed a dining room and kitchen. This building was completed in 1794. To this day, you can still step on the original stone that lead travelers from one building to another, you can also stand next to the giant fire place that once cooked the food for all of the guests and you can see the hash marks on the stones that have held the Innís structure for over 200 years.
Century Inn, then known as Hillís Tavern, was visited by many famous and not so famous guests. Some historic names that cross our threshold were Santa Anna, David Bradford, Chief Blackhawk, Andrew Jackson and Marquis de LaFayette. It was also recently discovered that Abraham Lincoln heard the breakfast was so out of this world that he insisted on stopping to enjoy the perfect meal to get his day off to a start.