A short drive northwest of San Antonio, Texas, on I.H. 10, will bring you to the little city of Boerne. Originally an old Greman settlement, where you can get a panoramic view of the famous, Texas Hill Country, on the near horizon. Boerne, is just far enough from the hectic Alamo City, to offer a reasonably relaxed life style. It is rapidly expanding, but as yet retains the atmosphere of a small town.
On a side street, just a block off of Main Street (which has the German title, Hauptstrassel) and across from the emerald grassed, pecan shaded, Main Plaza, is the time capsule of Ye Kendall Inn. Today, it is undoubtedly one of the most architecturally original buildings, that has retained a charming Old World atmosphere, both outside and inside. Stepping through the antique front doors, you immediately feel that you have stepped back in time. Its unique history follows the span of theTexas saga.
Ye Kendall Inn is both a Texas and a national landmark, and has given shelter to many famous people, in the past, including Jefferson Davis (president of the Confederate States), President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Robert E. Lee.
The history of Ye Kendall Inn begins in 1859, when John James sold the land to Mr and Mrs. Reed, for only $200. The Reeds built the center section of the Inn as their home, bringing the Southern Colonial style of architecture to the Texas Hill Country.
Since there was no regular hotel for travelers in those early days, the few homeowners of the town shared their spare rooms. The Reeds began the hotel tradition by renting out their spare rooms in the Old Reed House. They rented accommodations to horsemen and stagecoach travelers. The grounds around the house served as a wagonyard for ranchers, who penned their cattle in what is now Main Plaza, awaiting other cattle for a big drive up the trail.
Col. Henry C.King and Mrs. King, purchased the Inn in1869. While Col. King served as State Senator, Mrs. King ran The King Place. In1879, two business men from Dallas purchased The King Place and renamed it The Boerne Hotel. These new owners added the two long wings on either side of the original house, to accommodate the large number of health seekers attracted to Boerne’s climate. The Boerne Hotel served as an authentic stagecoach Inn throughout the1880’s.
In 1909 Dr. H.D. Barnitz purchased the Inn and adopted the name Ye Kendall Inn, after George W. Kendall. From 1922 until 1943, the Inn was owned by Robert L. and Maude Hickman. The Hickmans began the many important steps of modernizing the hotel, including the installation of private baths. The front porch facing South has excellent exposure for staying cool during the hot summers. Behind the main building are a number of log cabins and even an old school building used as guest rooms. An entire wing has been designed for Meeting Rooms and Weddings, which can also be held on the expansive grassed lawns that gently slopes down to the picturesque Cibolo Creek. Since 1982, the Inn has had extensive and ongoing restoration to bring back the historic beauty of this true Texas treasure. If you wish to visit or stay in this reminder of Texas history you can contact them at – www.yekendallinn.com