THE BLACKFORK MARKEN INN
Bed & Breakfast
The Blackfork Marken Inn is a charming Victorian Inn
Bed & Breakfast that was built in the 1860s and located
in the picturesque village of Loudonville, Ohio.
Listed on the National Registry of Historical Places,
the Inn stands as a landmark work of art --
a testament to the architecture and craftsmanship
of the 1800s.
This house was the home of Mac & Rena Marken
and their family from 1948 to 1978.
Recently, their grandchildren joined together to re-open the home as a Bed and Breakfast in honor of them.
Today, this elegant lady graciously welcomes guests
with arms wide open. You will be amazed at the
relaxing aura of this small-town Inn.
The three-story Inn features six guest rooms -- all warmly romantic, spacious and well appointed with their own
private baths and Wi-Fi.
Two of the rooms are large suites -- The Edison Suite and The Victorian Suite -- which both rent for $125 a night.
The Howard Room features a king bed and also rents for $125
The Mac & Rena Room and
The Kate & Joyce Room both feature a queen bed and rent for $115 a night.
The Myrna Room features a full bed and rents for $100 a night.
A roll-away is available in the two
Suites for an extra $25 per night.
WHAT WE OFFER
We offer our entire first floor as a common area for guests to stretch out and unwind. The grand living room features period furniture and beautiful architecture, while the first floor also offers the availability of books and several places to sit and enjoy them. While you won’t find a television in the common area or guest rooms for obvious reasons, the lower level
does feature The Buckeye Room, which is a lounge with big screen
television and pool table.
With all of the delicate furnishings,
we are not able to accommodate
children under 10 or pets.
Please note there are steps
to both the second and third floors and if you like the nostalgic sound
of a train whistle during the night, you’ll love the fact that
we are located in the heart of Loudonville’s railroad district.
The Inn features free Wi-Fi throughout the impressive
three-story Victorian home.
We love welcoming guests, chatting with them about places to visit and activities to enjoy while on their
trip or vacation, and serving them complete and delicious breakfasts each morning included in our room rates. Whether you want the fun of meeting fellow travelers or the
privacy of a romantic getaway,
our goal is to provide you with a memorable experience that
exceeds your expectations.
Loudonville, as well as the Mohican country that features the Mohican State Park and Mohican State Forest area near the small town, is known for its stunning beauty and has been called the “Vacation Paradise of Ohio.” Known for its concentration of a state forest, lakes, rivers, canoe liveries, campgrounds and even ski resorts, the Loudonville-Mohican area brings thousands of vacationers and travelers into the small town and Mohican area each and every year. Almost every weekend, the small town is bustling with events or festivals. The location of the Inn is also very near the beautiful and unique Holmes County and Amish Country as well as a number of colleges, including Ashland University, College of Wooster, North Central State College and Ohio State ATI.
Should you need to cancel your reservation, doing so at least 24 hours prior to check-in date will be reimbursed minus a credit card fee
of 5 percent. No shows and cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance will incur 50 percent charge of the booking.
If you call to make a reservation, please have your credit card ready
in order to hold the room.
In addition to the charming interior, the Inn offers a huge garden area along the side and back of the home. This area features paths that wander through the trees and grounds allowing guests to explore or just relax on the benches located in the garden areas. The front and side of the home also features an old-style brick wall and herringbone pattern walkway.
Meet the Innkeepers
If you ask David and Tonya Switzer what they like most about being Innkeepers at the Blackfork Marken Inn, they are quick to answer –
it’s meeting the people
who stay at the Inn.
Getting to know the innkeepers and the guests who stay at their inns is something that sets the B&B experience apart from hotels and resorts. Each inn takes on the personality of the people who run it and that is certainly the case at the Blackfork Marken Inn.
Dave and Tonya have a true love for people and a love for serving – and this shows from the moment
you first meet them.
David’s previous experiences made for an easy transition to innkeeper. He has always shown a love for serving. He grew up outside the small towns of Loudonville and Lucas, Ohio, and worked in a factory for over 30 years. During this time, he also worked as a handyman, doing odd jobs for many friends and acquaintances. And it was at this
time that he became known for his breakfasts that he served
for family and friends.
Tonya grew up in Kingston, Tennessee, and attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. She has been the ultimate server, teaching school for 29 years including
fourth grade and a few years in kindergarten at a Christian School
in Mansfield, Ohio.
David and Tonya look forward to sharing The Blackfork Marken Inn with you and are confident that you will be captivated by the essence of their hospitality and the comfort of this one-of-a-kind Victorian inn.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Located at 303 North Water Street in Loudonville, The Inn and its beautiful grounds are located just two blocks from downtown Loudonville and its wonderful shops, businesses and restaurants.
Mohican State Park & Forest
Loudonville is located just minutes
from the 1,110-acre Mohican State Park and the adjacent 4,525-acre state forest, which offer outstanding beauty and limitless opportunities
for visitors to explore one of Ohio's most unique natural regions. The striking Clear Fork Gorge, hemlock forest and scenic Mohican River
offer a wilderness experience.
Cleo Redd Fisher Museum
The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum features the history of the greater-Mohican Area, with exhibits on early Indian tribes in the region, pioneer lifestyle, famed local gunsmith Peter Reinhard, prolific inventor Charles Kettering, the Flxible Side Car and Bus Company and local industries. Highlights include an animated mechanical village, horse-drawn hearse, rare player-piano-organ, and the world's oldest motorcycle sidecar.
Wolf Creek Pine Run Grist Mill
Tour this 1831 operating grist mill and historic village in the making. See six re-constructed 1800s log cabins. Many special events and open most weekends noon to 5pm spring to fall.
Holmes County-Amish Country
Just a short distance from Loudonville is Holmes County, Ohio, which has the largest Amish population in the world and is the second most visited tourist destination in the state of Ohio. In these rolling hills and well cared for farmsteads, you will find a huge selection of antique, craft and furniture shops as well as restaurants.
Other Links to Activities
Heritage Days in September
Featuring crafts and demonstrations. Steam threshers, butter churning, hay rides and homemade baked goods.
Kingwood Center in Mansfield
Beautiful flower gardens.
Living Bible Museum in Mansfield
Mansfield Playhouse Theater
Arts & crafts and food festival. held in June and September
Amish celebration in Charm, Ohio.
“This large Victorian-era home is a very nice B&B. My sweetheart and I truly enjoyed our romantic 2-night stay. The home is decorated with antique furniture, dishes, etc. throughout.”