PETER PRATT'S INN, an old converted colonial home with 200 year old sugar maple trees lining the front of the property, is located in the oldest section of Yorktown and is situated at the battle site of the demise of General George Washington's Northern Continental Command Post to the British Tories in 1781. Across the street is one of the oldest structures in Westchester, the Davenport House, which served as General Washington's command post during the Revolutionary War.

The restaurant area was originally the foundation of a barn built in 1780. The dining room remains authentic in its colonial design and construction. Overhead, thick, petrified chestnut beams rest on granite boulders, the foundation for 75% of the building.

The Inn was a part of the Carpenter-Davenport homestead which encompassed 250 acres including the land of Loch Ledge Country Club (off Route 118). In 1823, the center section of the building was constructed in colonial design, the wings added in Victorian shape years afterwards to make room for the new Daniel Griffen ownership, and his children's children. (Daniel Griffen married Amy Carpenter who inherited this land from her great grandmother, Rachel Davenport). Finally, in 1861, Daniel Griffen completed the house as you see it today.

Between 1915 and 1924, the old farmhouse was used by the Bowery Mission to house men from New York City who worked at a nearby sawmill cutting wood.

At the turn of the century, the building was purchased by Halsey Wilson, a renown New York City publisher turned land developer. He sold lots to his literary friends and invited them to stay at the Inn while they built homes and created the first housing development in Yorktown. Today, the area is known as Croton Heights.

On July 3, 1926, the Wilson's officially opened the building as an "Inn", known as Croton Heights Inn; catering to local residents and their guests.

During the 1940's
, a Russian Count by the name of Kotschoubey, purchased the Inn and was granted a liquor license and continued the quiet elegance of this secluded northern Westchester country hostel. The count catered to his wealthy friends such as the McCormicks, Vanderbilts, Gettys, Duncan Hines, all of whom have signed the guest register located in the Inn's center hallway.

During the 1950's Monsieur Charles Biles of New York City leased the Inn and opened the Beaujolais Restaurant on a seasonal basis from May through September. Mr. Biles was successful and wanted to remain open all year, however, the owners refused, so he returned to New York City. His head waiter took over the lease and proceeded to make the Croton Heights Inn Northern Westchester's finest bordello.

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In November 1965, Peter and Janet Pratt became the fifth owners of the property and have operated the Inn as a family business with Janet in the dining room and son, Jonathan creating tasteful culinary delights in the kitchen. Operated as a restaurant, Peter Pratt's Inn serves American Regional cuisine nightly. Porch dining overlooking the 200 year old pine forest is available during warm summer months and cozy fireplace dining during chilly winter nights.

In November of 2002, Janet Pratt retired and Craig Purdy became Jonathan Pratt's partner at the restaurant. The very first job that Craig held in a restaurant was as a dishwasher at Peter Pratt's 31 years ago. This sparked Craig's interest in food, wine, restaurants and travel. Craig continued in the field, earning a Master's Degree in Hotel Management from Cornell, and holding varied management positions in New York, Hong Kong, Germany and Kuwait. This completes the circle for Craig to come back to his first restaurant job as a proprietor.

Together Jonathan and Craig also own and operate the ümami café in Croton-on-Hudson.

 

Open nightly Wednesday through Sunday and for private parties
Reservations recommended  (914) 962-4090  or contact us by e-mail
673 Croton Heights Road, Yorktown, New York 10598

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