Ye Kendall Inn are both a Texas and National Landmark. It has given shelter to many famous people including Jefferson Davis, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Robert E. Lee. The history of the Ye Kendall Inn begins April 23, 1859, when John James sold the land to Erastus and Sarah Reed for $200. The Reed’s built the center section of the Inn as their home, bringing the Southern Colonial style of architecture to the Texas Hill Country.
Since there wasn’t a regular hotel for travelers in these early days, the few homeowners of the town shared their spare rooms. The Reed’s began the hotel tradition by renting out their spare rooms in the Old Reed House to horsemen and stagecoach travelers. The grounds around the house served as a wagon yard for ranchers, who penned their cattle in what is now the City Park, awaiting other cattle for a big drive up the trail.
Col. Henry C. King and his wife, Jean Adams King, purchased the Inn on May 4, 1869. While Col. King served as State Senator covering his district on horseback, Mrs. King ran the King Place. In 1878, C.J. Roundtree and W.L. Wadsworth of Dallas purchased The King Place and renamed it the Boerne Hotel. These owners added the two long wings on both sides of the original house to accommodate the large number of health seekers attracted to Boerne’s climate. The Boerne Hotel served as an authentic Stagecoach Inn throughout the 1880’s.
Dr. H.D. Barnitz purchased the Inn in 1909 and adopted the name Ye Kendall Inn after George W. Kendall. From 1922 to 1943, Ye Kendall Inn was owned by Robert L. and Maude Hickman. Mr. Hickman learned the business of hotel management while working with his father at the Old Southern Hotel San Antonio. The Hickman’s began the many important steps of modernizing the hotel, including the installation of private baths. Some interesting facts about the Inn include evidence that the tunnel was used for protection from wandering bands of hostile Indians.
The main structure is constructed of native rock walls, which are 20” thick. The front porch, facing south, has excellent exposure for staying cool in the hot summers. The property extends down to the Cibolo Creek and consists of approximately 6.5 acres. Since 1982, the Inn has had extensive and ongoing restoration to bring back the historic beauty of this true Texas treasure.
Ye Kendall Inn Today
All 36 exquisite guestrooms, suites, and cabins have been uniquely decorated. The Original 4 rooms of the Old Reed House have been equipped with in-room plumbing. This includes a claw foot tub and toilet, separated by modesty panels; a unique way to experience the Old West. The additions to the Boerne Hotel include 5 second floor rooms with more traditional bathrooms. These guestrooms have been beautifully decorated with antique furniture and boast a perfect view of the Boerne Square from the porch. Later renovations to the Inn include our Courtyard rooms with more private bathrooms, antique furniture, and easy access to our famous Antebellum Courtyard. Throughout the years, historic buildings from all over Texas were trucked in and reassembled to create our family of Cabins; With names like Enchanted Cabin, Schoolhouse (a real schoolhouse), and St. John’s (formally a historic Lutheran Church) you are sure to find your stay with us is an exceptional experience. To accommodate the burgeoning need for large venues, the current owners have built Kendall Halle, a large event center. Here brides, families, and businesses can hold gatherings (weddings, family reunions, conventions, seminars, etc.). The Halle can be divided to fit any size you may need. Please call us with any of your vacation, staycation, event, or weekend getaway plans. It would be our pleasure to serve you. Let us know how we may be of service!