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The English Inn: History and Beauty in One Place

Posted at 8:00 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 08:00:26-05

LANSING, Mich. — If you have never visited The English Inn get ready to see and experience beauty inside and out and fine dining options that will make your mouth water! Take a step inside the English Inn to learn more about it's rich history and what makes it uniquely Michigan Made.

The English Inn has a rich history that goes back to n 1927 when it was constructed for the auto baron, Irving Jacob Reuter (1885-1972) and his wife, Janet (1886-1984). Mr. Reuter was General Manager and President of the Oldsmobile Corporation. The Reniger Construction Co. of Lansing completed the 10,000 square foot house early the next year with “countryhouse” plans drafted by Harold Childs of East Lansing. Named “Medovue” by the Reuters, the property currently sits on 15 acres in Eaton Rapids with the original pergola, swimming pool and gazebo as well as an artesian well, fishpond, annual and perennial gardens, and nature trails.

The Reuters lived in the home until 1936 when he and his wife moved to Florida.

From 1940 to 1962 the Roman Catholic Church owned the property, and the Most Reverend Joseph H.Albers, first Bishop of the Diocese of Lansing, used the home as his private residence. In 1989 the property was renovated and converted to an Inn, restaurant and conference center, listed in the State Register of Historic Sites in 1991. It is now owned by Gary and Donna Nelson.

We had the chance to talk with Erik Nelson about the history of The English Inn, where it has been and where it is now and why it is uniquely Michigan Made!

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