Take A Look At The Peter Allen House Today

February 26, 2024

The Peter Allen House, also now known as the Peter Allen Inn, was built in 1821. In 1971 it was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 2008 it has been owned by Richard and Rhonda Thompson, and by 2016 it became the Peter Allen Inn & Event Center. Many occasions such as weddings, bridal & baby showers, reunions, proms, and corporate events have been held there. So, who was Peter Allen, and where is his house?

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Dr. Peter Allen was born in Norwich, CT in 1787. In 1808 he moved to Kinsman, OH and quickly became the town's first doctor. During the War of 1812 he became a highly skilled surgeon. Around this time in 1813 he married Charity Dudley, and in 1821 he had architect Willis Smith build his home. Smith was also responsible for building many of the town's buildings, such as the Kinsman Presbyterian Church.

In one of the rooms you have the modern addition of recessed lighting. However you also have accents from the 1800s such as the kettle near the fire place, the original hardwood floors, and short ceilings.

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Peter and Charity were married from 1813 until 1840 when Charity tragically died in a runaway carriage accident. His second marriage was to General Simon Perkins' niece, Fanny Starr. Allen and his family then moved away to Oberlin, and his home was sold to Reverend James Plant. 

In 1903 Dr. Dudley Allen, Peter Allen's grandson, met with the descendants of James Plant. After a few negotiations, Dudley was able to purchase woodwork from the parlor in the home, and built two separate homes in Cleveland from the wood. The second home Dudley had built was eventually demolished many years later, with the torn down wood put on display at the Western Reserve Historical Society. It was a few years later when the wood was then taken back to the Peter Allen House in Kinsman, coming full circle.

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As soon as you enter the front door you have the staircase to your right, and a sitting room to your left.

Credit: Google Earth

In 1938 the house was listed in the Library of Congress. During the 1970s a few families had lived in the home. When Alice Blaemire owned the home she used it as a tea room for private events. The Alice Blaemire estate owned and operated the Peter Allen House until 2008, when Therm-O-Link Inc founder Richard Thompson purchased the property. 

Today, the house is painted a crisp white with a burgundy front door. The parking lot is brick covered, and the additions have multiple chimneys.


Credit: Google Earth

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