After serving as a private home since its construction in 1870, Ed Shrader and Dan Rider had the vision to transform the Victorian home into the current Black Squirrel Inn in 1997. The restoration process maintained the lovely interior woodwork and exterior gingerbread details along the porch and eaves of the Inn. The Inn’s furnishings mingle modern convenience with antique quality to achieve a comfortable and elegant presence all around.

Your Innkeepers

In 2006, Ed and Dan turned the keys over to Fong Wong, who served as Innkeeper for 12 wonderful years.  In February 2018, Fong passed on the role of caring for the Inn and it’s guests to her friend and colleague, Jessica Eikleberry.  Jessica is a Wooster native who loves showing off what her hometown has to offer.

Our Guests

The Black Squirrel Inn has welcomed a wonderful variety of guests over the years, from families of College of Wooster students to music lovers attending the annual Ohio Light Opera season performances, world class musicians performing in the Wooster Chamber Music Series, fiber artists, wedding parties, honeymooners,  families and friends gathering for holidays, and seasoned travelers, both for business and adventure.  Guests are welcomed to feel at home, and by the end of their visits, many have become friends!

Our Food

Wayne County is a wonderful place for foodies and food lovers alike!  As co-founder of Local Roots Market & Café in Wooster, Jessica knows local food and works to source ingredients from the many farms surrounding the city.  She and her partner Adam enjoy creating yummy and exciting dishes with local and seasonal ingredients.  They also are happy to accommodate guests’ dietary restrictions and preferences.  In addition, guests can enjoy a flexible breakfast schedule and seating arrangements that make their visit as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.  

Your innkeepers enjoy meeting new people and finding out what they can do to make the Black Squirrel your home away from home.  Let us know how we can help!