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July 2021

Grand Exhibition of Henry Grant Plumb Works Planned at The Sherburne Inn

   Henry Grant Plumb, self-portrait, 1878

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in what is being billed as The Home Sweet Home Tour, Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) will host an exhibition of artwork at The Sherburne Inn by the 19th century artist Henry Grant Plumb. H.G. Plumb was born in Sherburne in 1847, and much of his subject matter depicts scenes in and around Sherburne and Chenango County. The event is being organized in cooperation with Sherburne Historic Park and The Sherburne Public Library.

In 2020, a large collection of Mr. Plumb’s work was donated to The Town Of Sherburne’s Historic Park Society. More than 100 paintings, illustrations, and photographs were gifted to Historic Park by Nicholas Pavlik of Manhattan. Mr. Pavlik, who received the works from HG Plumb’s daughter Margaret upon her death, will be attending the exhibition with several colleagues. Along with the Historic Park collection, Plumb pieces belonging to The Sherburne Inn and the Sherburne library will be on display.

“We’re very excited about this event, and about affording Sherburne residents – and those in surrounding communities and indeed throughout New York State – the opportunity to see this magnificent collection,” Kathleen Yasas, SSIRP president said. SSIRP, a nonprofit that purchased the building in 2013 to save and restore the historic Sherburne Inn, will also offer tours of The Inn’s restoration progress. “We’re calling this the ‘Home Sweet Home Tour’ for several reasons,” Yasas said. “The Sherburne Inn is a big part of the history of our hometown and we’ve made great progress so far, which we’d like our supporters to see for themselves; not to mention that the entire community is delighted that so much of Henry Grant Plumb’s work has finally come home.”

H.G. Plumb may have started his journey in a small town in central New York, but at age 17 he moved to New York City where he began as an apprentice in the engraving and lithography trade. He rose to become an artist and studied at the Cooper Union Free Night School of Science and Art and at the National Academy of Design. In 1874, Plumb set off for Paris and enrolled in the world-famous Ecole des Beaux Arts to study drawing and painting. He returned to the U.S. in 1897 to a successful art career in New York City, exhibiting there and throughout the Northeast. He was active until the end of his life, with obituaries featured in The New York Times and the New-York Tribune. The Plumb family, and Henry’s mentor Tompkins H. Matteson (1813-1884) – in his own right a genre artist known internationally for his historical and literary paintings, and also a Sherburne resident – are buried in Sherburne.

There is no cost for admission to the event, although free-will donations are welcome. There will also be a ticket auction with items donated by SSIRP board members and supporters.


October 16, 2020
First Stock Donation to The Sherburne Inn Project

This week we had a special visitor at The Sherburne Inn, Jan McAdoo, who is the first to make a donation of stock to the Inn project. Yes, we accept stock donations! (For more info on making an end-of-year donation of stock, please contact Kathleen Yasas at [email redacted].) Thank you Jan!! Pictured here in our beautiful restored lobby: Board members Kathleen Yasas, Steve Perrin, Vince Yacono, and Chris Hoffman, with Jan seated in the center.

Phase II Completed

     Summer 2020 marked the completion of Phase II of The Sherburne Inn project. The first floor has been renovated, with restoration of the main bar, the east entry, the lobby, the registration area/gift shop, the restrooms, the lobby staircase, and the dining room. Phase II also included installation of railings on the Inn porch and restoration of the double door entries on the south and north sides. The kitchen was originally slated for Phase II but, due to cost, has been moved to "Phase II-A." We are working to raise funds for the kitchen separate from the state grant money as COVID has affected that funding. We have received a $50,000 loan commitment from the Village of Sherburne, which we will apply to the estimated $150,000 kitchen cost when the additional $100,000 is raised. If you would like to be a part of the kitchen restoration, please contribute by credit card through GoFundMe, or send your donation to SSIRP, POB 1102, Sherburne, NY 13460. Please note "kitchen restoration" in your check memo.

     Thanks to all who have helped to get us this far, especially to American Express for its generous donation of furniture!!

Main bar, west side

Main bar, east side

The lobby

The East Entry The restored lobby staircase

Dining Room

North Entry, exterior

East Entry, exterior


New Year's Eve at The Sherburne Inn

             What a way to ring in the New Year! On December 31, Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project hosted the first New Year’s Eve party at Inn in almost two decades. More than 80 party-goers – many dressed in 1920s attire – came out to celebrate not only the turn of the clock at midnight, but also the progress being made at this iconic building on Sherburne’s anchor corner.

            “It was a great evening,” SSIRP President Kathleen Yasas said, noting that nearly $4,000 was raised in just a few hours, funds that will help pay for furnishings not covered by grant money. “The continued generosity of people in and around this community is astounding,” she added. “We’re very grateful.”

             Along with a ticket auction that featured Christmas stockings (one of which contained $500 cash donated to the event by NBT – congratulations to Patty Shepardson!) guests were also treated to music by Kevin Keefe, Carl Pickett, and former Harvest band member Steve Davies, food provided by Curtain Call of Earlville, and wine donated by many sources including Varick Winery of Romulus, New York, and beer donated by Sherburne’s own Bullthistle Brewery (see full list of sponsors below). While only the bar area was in “party shape,” guests were able to see the ongoing work in the rest of the first floor through the Sherburne Village Inn etched glass recently installed in the east entry.

            “It was wonderful to be able to open the doors to our patrons and show our thanks for their support in person,” Yasas said. “We look forward to many more events at the Inn in years to come!”

Hats off to New Year’s Eve sponsors!

American Homesteader
Big M
Bullthistle Brewery
Chenango Arts Council
FoJo Beans
Heartwood Forest Products
Wells Horton
Lee Ingraham
Rowena Krum
No Problem Liquor
Off the Top Hair Salon
The Sherburne News
Riley Webster
Varick Winery


Sherburne Inn Christmas ornaments for 2019 are now on sale!

SSIRP's Christmas ornament for 2019, the fifth in the series, is designed in sapphire glass and features a color image of The Sherburne Inn. But this isn't just any image, and it's one you haven't seen before ... that's because it is a reproduction of a 2019 painting of the building by our own board member Diane Batson-Smith, artist and former executive director of the Chenango Arts Council.  Every ornament comes packaged in a gift box with bow. 

To pay on this site by credit card: cost is $20 per ornament and includes shipping, handling, and fees.

To pay by credit card:
• Click “Donate Now”
• Enter amount ($20 per ornament)
• Click “hide name and comment…” box
• Enter zip code
• Under “Leave Comment” enter the word “ornament,” then VERY IMPORTANT enter your name & full mailing address 
• Click continue and follow payment instructions
Be sure to include email for order confirmation

Ornaments will be shipped by regular mail. Please order by December 15 to receive by Christmas.

To pay by check: make payable to SSIRP and mail $20 per ornament (includes S&H) to SSIRP, POB 1102, Sherburne, NY 13460. Be sure to include your full mailing address with your check. 

To purchase and pick-up at The Sherburne News office: Ornaments that do not require shipping are  available for purchase for $15 at The Sherburne News, 17 East State St., Sherburne, NY.  

Thank you for supporting Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project. Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year! 


Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project Hires General Contractor
Interior Construction to Begin

[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 1, 2019] Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc. (SSIRP), has announced that McPherson Builders of Ithaca has been hired as the general contractor for Phase II restoration of The Sherburne Inn, which will include interior work on the century-old building. Work is expected to begin in August and will include renovation/restoration of the first floor and sections of the basement.

In July, SSIRP representatives met with Senator James Seward at the Inn to discuss forward planning.

[Senator Seward with SSIRP Vice President Steve Perrin and Treasurer Chris Hoffman]

“Senator Seward has been very supportive of the project, and we appreciate his taking the time to visit Sherburne for updates,” SSIRP President Kathleen Yasas said. Regarding the start of interior work, Yasas added, “We’ll be glad to get things moving again.”

Conceptualized as an economic driver for Sherburne and for the surrounding area, SSIRP plans to reopen The Inn with guest rooms, event space, conference space, a farm-to-table restaurant and bar, a tavern, and retail space.

“Now that construction on the inside is beginning, we’ll be offering sponsorship opportunities to individuals and corporations,” Yasas said. “Those opportunities will allow interested parties to have their names – or the names of their family and loved ones – permanently identified with this restoration effort. Watch the website for details.”

For more information on The Sherburne Inn and SSIRP, visit

SSIRP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations to SSIRP are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

2018 Sherburne Inn Christmas Ornament Locally Made

Sherburne Inn Christmas ornaments for 2018 are now on sale!

This year the ornament was designed and produced locally by wood artisans at White House Cabinet Shop in Sherburne. Hand-crafted of mahogany and maple, the 2018 ornament is shaped as a martini glass (with olive) as a nod to the fine dining and spirits to be served when the Inn opens. Every ornament comes packaged in a beautiful gift box. This is the fourth in a series.

To pay by credit card, cost is $25 per ornament and includes shipping, handling, and fees.

To pay by credit card:
• Click “Donate Now”
• Enter amount ($25 per ornament)
• Click “hide name and comment…” box
• Enter zip code
• Under “Leave Comment” enter the word “ornament,” then VERY IMPORTANT enter your name & full mailing address
• Click continue and follow payment instructions
Be sure to include email for order confirmation

Ornaments will be shipped by regular mail.

To pay by check, make payable to SSIRP and mail $25 per ornament (includes S&H) to SSIRP, POB 1102, Sherburne, NY 13460. Be sure to include your full mailing address with your check. Ornaments that do not require shipping will be available for purchase for $20 at The Sherburne News office starting December 14.  

Thank you for supporting our local businesses. In the “spirit” of the season, those of us at Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project wish everyone a very merry Christmas! 

Our sincerest thanks to all who donated to SSIRP during the holiday season. Looking forward to good things to come for The Sherburne Inn in the New Year!

2017 Christmas Ornaments are Selling Out

It isn't even December yet and The Sherburne Inn 100th anniversary ornaments are selling out! Don't wait any longer to order or you may miss your chance to update your collection (this is ornament number 3 in The Inn series). Only 100 produced, a beautiful and memorable gift. See below for order details, and please don't forget to include your mailing address.

100th Year Sherburne Inn Christmas Ornaments Have Arrived!

We all know the old saying: It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping. With this in mind SSIRP is happy to announce that the 2017 Sherburne Inn Christmas ornaments have arrived! This year, to commemorate the 100th birthday of The Inn, SSIRP has selected a design that harkens back to days of old when Christmastime was filled with frosty mornings, warm kitchens, mulled cider, and grandma’s cookies. Dangling from the tree at the turn of the 20th century were delicate glass baubles attached carefully to branches by tiny hands.

The 100th anniversary edition of The Sherburne Inn Christmas ornament is just such a treasure. In imperial amethyst, the glass ornament features a magnificent reindeer image that embodies the spirit of strength and endurance. The message – in antique script – reminds us all of the endurance of the century-old Sherburne Inn and its merry one hundred years. The ornament is packaged in a Happy Holidays box.

Only 100 of these ornaments were produced, limit 2 per person. Please order by December 5th to receive by Christmas. To pay by credit card, cost is $35 per ornament and includes shipping, handling, and fees.

To pay by credit card:
• Click “Donate Now”
• Enter amount ($35 per ornament)
• Click “hide name and comment…” box
• Enter zip code
• Under “Leave Comment” enter the word “ornament,” then VERY IMPORTANT enter your name & full mailing address
• Click continue and follow payment instructions
Be sure to include email for order confirmation

Ornaments will be shipped by regular mail.

To pay by check, make payable to SSIRP and mail $30 per ornament (limit of 2 per person, includes S&H) to SSIRP, POB 1102, Sherburne, NY 13460. Order by December 5th for delivery by Christmas, be sure to include your full mailing address with your check. Ornaments that do not require shipping will be available for purchase for $25 at The Sherburne News office starting October 16. Ornaments will also be on sale for $25 at The Sherburne Inn Arts & Crafts Shopping Spree on December 9th & 10th.

Cost by credit card: $35
Cost by check: $30
Cost if purchased in person at Sherburne News office or at Arts & Crafts Shopping Spree: $25


We're doing it again! In 2016 SSIRP hosted a wonderful arts and crafts Christmas shopping event at the Inn, and it was so well-received that we decided to have a repeat performance. Twenty talented artists and crafters will be selling their beautiful work on December 9th & 10th at the Inn. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days for some holiday shopping, warm drinks, sweet treats, and friendly faces. Of special note: the Sherburne Inn 100th year Christmas ornament will be available soon!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by The Sherburne Inn on June 17 to help us celebrate the Inn's 100th birthday. A special shout-out to artists Colleen Eggers and Riley Webster for all their hard work on the new dining porch mural, titled "Rexford Falls, c. 1917." We're lucky to have such talent in Sherburne.

Sherburne Inn Announces Winners of Mural Contest
Save the Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc. (SSIRP) is  pleased to announce that a group of students from Sherburne-Earlville Central School (SECS) has been chosen to complete a mural project in the dining porch of the historic Sherburne Inn.  The students are sophomore Riley Webster and seniors Colleen Eggers and Abby Mullen.  The students’ submission was one of many received in response to a Call for Mural Artists published last October.  Submissions were reviewed by a panel of professional artists.

Riley’s artwork has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Francis K. Wilcox Emerging Young Artist Scholarship, first prize in sculpture at the Colorscape student art exhibit, and first prize in painting at the 2016 Sherburne Arts Festival student exhibit.  Colleen is an Art Major 3 student who is also independently studying black and white photography.  She received awards for her mixed media at the 2016 Colorscape student art exhibit and has particpated in the Vans Custom Culture National Competition.  Abby’s artwork has been displayed at the Colgate Art Gallery, Colorscape, the Earlville Opera House, and the Chenango County Fair, and she has received the SECS Art Department and Student of the Month for Art awards.

The mural project will be overseen by Jackie Gimson Craine, who teaches several art disciplines at SECS and is currently the District Department Chair for the Arts.  Jackie studied art at the Pratt Institute and New York University, and worked at Pratt’s School of Art and Design.  She has done design consulting for various organizations, and was involved in the design of the Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College.  Her work has won numerous awards, including Best of Show at the Chenango Arts Council Members Show.  She is actively involved with Colorscape’s Emerging Young Artists Scholarship program.

SSIRP plans to “unveil” the completed mural later this year in conjunction with a 100th anniversary celebration of the Inn’s original grand opening in 1917.


The 2016 Sherburne Inn Christmas ornaments are still available. To inspire memories of Christmas at the Inn, SSIRP paid homage to the original sign that once hung on the building. This second in a series is a beautifully-designed etched brass ornament with 24kt gold finish. Hand-assembled, delivered in a black window box. Made in the U.S.A.

$25 cost includes shipping and handling
To pay by credit card:
• Click “Donate Now”
• Enter amount ($25 per ornament)
• Click “hide name and comment…” box
• Enter zip code
• Under “Leave Comment” enter the word “ornament,” then VERY IMPORTANT enter your name & full mailing address
• Click continue and follow payment instructions
Be sure to include email for order confirmation

Ornaments will be shipped by regular mail.

Local residents: to save shipping and handling costs and pay just $20, purchase your ornament at The Sherburne News office.


Since 1803 there has been a "meeting place" at the corner of what is now Routes 12 and 80 in Sherburne, New York: a rooming house, a tavern, a restaurant, or a hotel. In 1915, after fires destroyed previous buildings on the site, village philanthropists agreed to erect a structure that would stand the test of time, and in June 1917 The Sherburne Inn held its grand opening.

Constructed of brick and poured concrete, The Inn served its patrons well for more than eight decades, with comfortable accommodations, good spirits, and fine food. Located centrally on Sherburne's anchor corner, The Inn was a downtown gathering spot for businesses, neighbors, and families to celebrate life's traditions.

In 1990, The Inn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of Sherburne's historic district. This designation was well deserved for a hotel and restaurant that once welcomed such renowned individuals as Duke Ellington, Duncan Hines, Bobby Rydell, Jim Braddock, Minnesota Fats, Peter Falk, Johnny Cash, Carl Yastrzemski, and The Ink Spots.

In fact, the Inn was awarded the Duncan Hines Silver Anniversary Service Award in 1961, and was featured in a book authored by Duncan Hines, Adventures in Good Eating (Mr. Hines ate at The Inn in the 1930s).

All this to say, The Sherburne Inn is not just a building. It is a focal point of our traditions and our rural culture, a vital and important piece of central New York history and, indeed, of Americana itself.

In October 2012, The Sherburne Inn -- which had stood empty and abandoned since 2002 -- was threatened with demolition, to be replaced by an all-night convenience shop and gas station. Once again, village philanthropists stepped forward to preserve not just an historic corner, but a way of life in this small community.

Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP), formed with nine board members in 2012, was incorporated in January 2013 and purchased the building three months later. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the organization is eligible for grant awards, and spent several years fundraising, planning, and establishing a solid infrastructure for the restoration and re-opening of this historically-significant building. "Infrastructure" included hiring such professional consultants as preservation architects Crawford & Stearns and Rich & Gardner Construction Company.

As of July 2015, when  construction began, SSIRP had committed funds of nearly $1.3 million toward its $3 million goal, including two $500,000 economic development grants from New York State, a $50,000 grant from the Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund, and a $25,000 matching grant from NBT bank of Sherburne. In November 2015, we received another commitment of a $25,000 matching grant, this one from the Chobani Foundation.

We still need another $1.7 million to complete the job.

When reopened, The Inn (as it is known locally) will feature:

-a farm-to-table restaurant, supporting local farmers and producers and offering healthy and delicious seasonal fare
-a street-level bar, for after-work and after-dinner drinks
-a lower-level pub, for live music and gathering of friends around the fireplace
-event space, for wedding receptions, class reunions, family get-togethers, birthdays, retirement dinners, school proms, school dances, and theme parties
-meeting space, for service organizations, senior citizen classes, and corporate gatherings
-office space, to enhance our business district
-retail space, with shops, a salon, and a fitness center
-residence rooms, for the long-term residence needs of business professionals; and
-hotel guest rooms: beautifully appointed and unique, answering a call for sleeping rooms in our county 

Appreciating the efforts being made by local volunteers to bring this project to completion -- and even more, appreciating the importance of this building to the community -- the local financial institution, NBT Bank of Sherburne, has taken on the role of lead corporate donor and has awarded SSIRP a $25,000 matching grant. In order to receive these funds, SSIRP must match the grant dollar for dollar, with matching funds accepted only from individuals and businesses (not from other grants).

“NBT Bank is committed to supporting the local communities we serve," said NBT Bank Territory Manager Thomas Sutton in July 2015. "We are pleased to partner with Save the Sherburne Inn Restoration Project to help them reach their goal of restoring the historic Sherburne Inn. The Inn is a vital part of Sherburne’s history and is important to the community’s future.  We are delighted to take on the role of lead corporate donor to help move this project forward. We hope our commitment inspires others to donate to this cause.”

Chobani expressed similar sentiments:

“Giving back to the communities in which we live and work is one of Chobani’s founding values,” Jeff Genung, senior manager of corporate communications at Chobani said on Monday. “Save the Sherburne Inn Restoration Project represents the perfect opportunity to support an effort that aligns with our core beliefs – a grassroots movement to restore purpose to something others once thought had outlived its usefulness. Much like our first factory in South Edmeston, The Sherburne Inn has been rescued from the wrecking ball and will soon be alive again with activity and vitality. Chobani is proud to help usher in a second lease on life for this important and historic part of the Sherburne community.” 
That is what this GoFundMe campaign is all about: matching our NBT and Chobani grants.

Since the beginning, SSIRP has depended upon those in Sherburne and in surrounding communities who share our vision, and we look forward to welcoming all of you for dinner, drinks, business meetings, and special events when the lights come back on at The Sherburne Inn. To our friends, neighbors, and local businesses -- and to everyone reading our story who cares about preserving historic buildings and about economic development in rural communities across the country -- thank you for any contribution you can make. No amount is too small.

Donations made to SSIRP are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. If you prefer to donate by check, please make checks payable to SSIRP and mail to SSIRP, POB 1102, Sherburne, NY 13460. For more information about Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, please visit our website at


Kathleen Yasas
Sherburne, NY

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