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Relighting Party: Ellinee Inn

  • North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Ave. Coloma United States (map)

Do you remember Ellinee Inn? What about the sign that was once on the tower? If not, be sure to attend this relighting party! We will review the heyday of Paw Paw Lake, focusing primarily on the Ellinee Inn. Following the presentation, the group will gather in the Main Gallery to witness the relighting of the newly restored sign for the first time.

Ernest H. Erickson was born in 1886 to a family of Swedish immigrants living in Chicago. His first known stay in North Berrien was when he was 12 years old. Ten years later, he opened for business, selling souvenirs and refreshments. This business was referred to as the “Ernie’s Peanut Stand.” Summers of vacation later and this peanut stand was transformed into the Ellinee Inn. Two years after Ernest’s death in 1969, the Inn closed its door and was torn down along with its iconic tower.

For any questions on this event, please call (269) 468-3330. No RSVP Required.