The Historic Inns of Ohio

The Golden Lamb


IMG_6543Today I begin a series of posts on the historic inns of Ohio. There are dozens of these inns and taverns throughout the state. Some are just restaurants and some are also hotels. These old inns once sheltered and fed stagecoach travelers as well as travelers on horse back.

I will visit these inns with a family member or a friend and will also share a recipe the inn is famous for.

The first inn I share with you is the grand daddy of them all ~ The Golden Lamb.


According to their website:

The Golden Lamb is recognized as the oldest continuously operating business in the State of Ohio. On December 23, 1803, Jonas Seaman spent $4 for a license to operate a “house of Public Entertainment”. The Golden Lamb got its name due to the fact that many early pioneers could not read, so giving a business a name that could be easily drawn and recognized, such as the Black Horse or Golden Lamb, was a necessity.


Furthermore, the restaurant and inn now have been certified as Ohio’s oldest continuous business and has been on the National Register of Historic Buildings since 1978.

The inn is located in Lebanon, Ohio in Warren County, just north of Cincinnati.

IMG_6533The inn has a rich history and has had many famous visitors, including Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, James Whitcomb Riley, and Horace Mann.

Presidents who have either eaten and or stayed the night include John Quincy Addams, William Henry Harrison, Martin Van Buren, James Garfield, William McKinley, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford Hayes, Warren Harding, William Howard Taft, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush.


The inn has the largest and best Shaker furniture and memorabilia in the nation.

Today the Golden Lamb is a first rate restaurant and many people just come for the outstanding food.


With this background my niece, Leslie, and my great niece, Samantha headed south for lunch last Saturday. We climbed the steps to all four stories and saw many of the historic rooms.

The room Mark Twain slept in.

The room Mark Twain slept in.

We had a grand time and great eats.

Featured Recipe        Golden Lamb Peanut Soup


If you love peanut butter, and who doesn’t, you will love this soup!

If you are young at heart you will love this soup!

If you like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches you will love this soup!

If you like tasty and quick and easy recipes you will love this soup!

If you like inexpensive and cheap recipes you will love this soup!

This is what you will need for 10 servings*:

1 medium onion

2 ribs celery

¼ cup butter

3 tablespoons flour

2 quarts (8 cups) chicken stock

2 cups smooth peanut butter

1 and 3/4 cups light cream

Chopped peanuts

*I halved the recipe.

Here is what you do:

Chop onion and celery. Might as well chop the peanuts now too. Set peanuts aside.


Sauté onion and celery in butter until soft, but not brown.



Blend in flour ……………



…..add chicken stock stirring constantly, and bring to a boil.



Pour through a sieve into another pot.


Place soup back in the original pot while off the stove.


Add peanut butter and cream, stirring to blend.


NOTE: I find the soup blends much easier if I use a whisk.


Return pot to stove over low heat till it gets hot, but do not boil.


Serve in bowls, garnished with the chopped peanuts.

This soup is also good served cold.


Bon appétit!!!


1 medium onion                   $0.34

2 ribs celery                        $0.34

¼ cup butter                       $0.16

3 tablespoons flour              $0.08

2 quarts chicken stock          $1.38

2 cups peanut butter             $3.29

13/4 cups light cream           $0.32

Chopped peanuts                 $0.29

Total cost = $6.20
Cost per person = $0.62
NOTE: Recipe was found in the book Dining in Historic Ohio by Marty Godbey,McClanahan Publishing, 1987.

Quote of the Day

Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.
James A. Garfield


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4 comments to The Historic Inns of Ohio

  • I will love this series. My brother-in-law’s family owned the livery stable next to the inn where George Washington stayed in a small town along the Hudson in NY. The inn is still there but the house (livery stable) was sold several years ago.

    I agree with James Garfield!

    • Roberta

      Yep, “ole James Garfield was right. Peanut butter goes well with most anything. I like to use up celery by dipping celery sticks in the peanut butter jar and eating. Great and easy, not to mention, very healthy snack. 🙂

  • What a beautiful place! I will stop there sometime. And love the recipe! Always looking for something to do with peanuts and peanut butter!

    • Roberta

      If you ever get to Ohio….give me a call. We have to meet in person. Think you will like the soup. Very subtle.