About The Inn
This wonderful Colonial Revival home was built in 1920 for Douglass Woodruff, the owner of Auburn Button Works, and was designed with entertaining in mind. A tree-shaded veranda stretches the length of the back of the house and a secret garden at the back of the property was originally landscaped in the 1920’s by a Cornell University student. The Secret Garden has been restored and further developed to now include a beautiful gazebo and Koi pond. Spacious and inviting, the three rooms on the main floor that face the back yard, the sunroom, drawing room and dining room, all have French doors which open out onto the veranda. I imagine that Douglas & his wife rubbed elbows with the affluent of Auburn at many a garden party.
In 1958 the home was sold to Frances & Carl DeFurio. Carl was 43 years old and owned and operated Eagle Tobacco Company in Syracuse. In May of 1961 Carl suddenly passed away. Frances, a high school math & science teacher, continued to live in the house with their two children for 9 years. To help make ends meet she boarded single teachers in the extra bedrooms. In 1968 a young doctor, Patrick Buttarazzi and his wife Alice, purchased the property and over the course of the 35 years that they lived in the home raised 14 children here.
In September of 2004 Kathryn Hess purchased the residence from the Buttarazzis and spent a year renovating and re-decorating the stately home into an elegant & unique bed & breakfast which opened its doors for business one year later in 2005. In 2006, after a very successful first year, Katie decided to pursue other interests and put the bed & breakfast up for sale.
Mother’s Day weekend 2007 my husband Rodney and I visited the Finger Lakes for the first time and were stunned by the beauty of the region as we drove through each town and along the clear lakes and were amazed at the variety of things to see and do, everything from the fantastic old architecture of the picturesque towns dotting the rolling hillsides, to the many historical sites, parks and lakes. We had set up appointments to see five inns in the area that weekend that were for sale. We stayed overnight at two of the inns, 10 Fitch being one of them, and fell in love the moment we walked in the door. The next morning we met with our realtor and submitted an offer.
In September 2007 we finalized the purchase of the property & business and along with my mom Sally, who sold her home to come and live with us and help me run the inn, began our lives as innkeepers, marketing the inn as a romantic, quiet escape exclusively for adults. In July 2009 10 Fitch was one of fourteen inns nation wide to receive the iLoveInns.com Traveler’s Choice for Romance Award.
My husband Rodney & I have quarters on the third floor of the inn. We have two grown sons, Raith & Ryan, and two precious granddaughters, Rayth and Jenna. Mom has her own 2-bedroom apartment right next door. She also does all of the baking here at 10 Fitch and her chocolate chip cookies are becoming famous, even our guests are reviewing them on Trip Advisor!