The Carltons are Nashville natives who have been operating small businesses for more than 20 years. Joe and Stephanie relocated from Memphis after purchasing the Inn on Church on October 3rd, 2011. They selected Hendersonville because of its home-town feel and vibrant Downtown Historic District. While they didn't anticipate owning and operating something a large as a 21-room hotel, they were drawn to the Inn's historic architectural details and rich past. They quickly jumped in to put their personal touches on the property and made it their own.
Joe, Stephanie, Cabela, the 110 pound chocolate lab, and Diamond, a prissy miniature Dachshund, all reside in the cottage next door. You may see the dogs inside the picket fence from time to time or hear Cabela adding his voice to any fire engine siren that happens to be driving by! Cabela's cousin also comes for visits quite often. Also a chocolate lab, Orvis thinks he is a lap dog, and very spoiled by his family.While running the Inn is more than a full time job, they still find time to cheer on their beloved Tennessee Volunteers, Joe's Packers and spend time with their two grandchildren. Now two and three, Hudson and McKinley often stop in to make sure the grandparents are taking good care of all of the "check-ins" as McKinley so lovingly named the guests. Stephanie is also kept busy cultivating the flowers that border the property with the help of Freddie, and working in her small greenhouse, built from reclaimed windows by Freddie. The Carltons have loved becoming part of the local community and collecting stories of the Inn from former residents and guests. This year they were blessed for the third year to have, former owners, the Johnsons and their extended family stay at the INN and congregate to catch up and reminisce. Two generations of Johnsons owned the inn from the 40s thru the 80s. It was great to hear how wonderful those days at the INN truly were. They welcome every opportunity to show off the Inn and talk about its history and their plans for the future. Stop by for a visit!