Westcustogo Inn

Westcustogo Inn was a historic inn and restaurant that existed in the American town of Yarmouth, Maine. It was in business, albeit not continuously, for 83 years.

Westcustogo Inn
Westcustogo Inn.png
The building around 1930
Restaurant information
Established1923
Closed2006
Previous owner(s)
  • Ernest Percy Johnson (1923–1943)
  • James F. Riley and Edward W. Clare (1946–1960)
  • Fred and Doris Webster (1961–1962)
  • James F. Riley (1962–1964)
  • Ralph and Betsey Clemons (1986–2006)
Dress codeSmart casual
Street address10 Princes Point Road
CityYarmouth, Maine
Postal/ZIP Code04096
CountryUnited States
Coordinates43°47′19″N 70°10′22″W / 43.7886386°N 70.172819°W / 43.7886386; -70.172819Coordinates: 43°47′19″N 70°10′22″W / 43.7886386°N 70.172819°W / 43.7886386; -70.172819
ReservationsYes
Websitewww.angelfire.com/me4/westcustogoinn/view.htm

HistoryEdit

The inn was established by Ernest Percy Johnson in 1923, although the Grand Lodge of Iowa's bulletin of 1918 mentions a meeting was held at the Westcustogo Inn, albeit listed as being in Portland, on September 9 that year.[1] Its last owners were Ralph and Betsey Clemons in 2006.[2] The property consisted of a fine-dining restaurant and a bar and lounge. It had several uses between the mid-1960s and the early 1970s, before reopening for public dining in 1973.[2] It was damaged by a fire in 1961.[3]

Trolley cars of the Portland and Yarmouth Electric Railway Company used to run, every fifteen minutes, from Portland to Yarmouth between 1898 and 1933.[4] There was a stop immediately opposite the inn, at the southern end of Pleasant Street.

Notable guestsEdit

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her entourage once stayed at the Royal River Cabins, further north along Route 88, because the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland banished her dog, Fala.[5] She chose to dine at the Westcustogo,[5][2] while the owner's daughter entertained Fala on the porch.[6]

Other notable guests at the inn include Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Joe Louis, Gene Tunney, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Margaret Chase Smith (on November 4, 1965), Jean Harlow, Mary Pickford, Myrna Loy, Douglas Fairbanks, Bette Davis and Gary Merrill.[5][7] It should be noted, however, that the authenticity of the signatures in the 1923–1941 guestbook have been found difficult to verify.[2]

ClosureEdit

After the inn closed, it was vacant for a while, before being renovated by Cunningham Security, who are still the occupants.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Grand Lodge Bulletin, Volumes 19-25 (1918), p. 127
  2. ^ a b c d Yarmouth Historical Society newsletter, summer 2021 – Yarmouth Historical Society
  3. ^ Fire Engineering, Volume 114 (1961), p. 952
  4. ^ Electric railroad route map, ca. 1933 - Maine Memory Network
  5. ^ a b c Images of America: Yarmouth, Alan M. Hall (Arcadia, 2002), p.103
  6. ^ Beloved Island: Franklin & Eleanor and the Legacy of Campobello, Jonas Klein (2000), p. 1999 ISBN 9780839710332
  7. ^ History – Westcustogo Inn's official website
  8. ^ Contact Us – Cunningham Security

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