History of Stonegate

Historic FarmhouseIf you love places with a rich history, Stonegate’s heritage is layered with tales over a century old…
Old Stonegate Farms was built in 1867 by a Grand Rapids banker, Henry Ernst, and his wife Sarah. The house was known as a “Halfway House” – an anticipated landmark where tired travelers would slake their thirst and exhausted horses could have a moment’s rest in the shade of centennial maples. Stonegate took three summers and two winters to build. Through the years, Stonegate has flourished with many purposes – first a fruit farm; and later, during the Depression, a dairy farm. In 1984, the house was opened by the innkeepers Ronald and Lois Zartman as a three bedroom bed-and-breakfast.
Today, Stonegate continues to radiate its welcoming charm and hospitality. The Victorian style house still contains much of the original woodwork, historic details, and high ceilings. To experience the history and charm yourself, contact us and schedule a personal appointment.