History of Inlet’s Gaiety Theater

At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9th at the Inlet Town Hall, the Inlet Historical Society will present a program by Charles Herr on the history of the Gaiety Theater Building on Inlet’s Main Street.

Herr will discuss the many uses of the building from its original purpose in 1925 as a multi-business professional building, then transformed to an entertainment venue for numerous Town organizations followed by decades as a popular movie theater under various types of building covers. In the past twenty years, the front portion has been an ice cream popular and presently is the popular Tamarack Café with Putterfingers miniature golf. Attendees will learn about its owners, the little known Jacob Routstone, the former Supervisor Clarence Lee, the Shulmans and others who succeeded and in some cases failed in longevity or profit, but always keeping it part of the Inlet community social life.

As usual, Herr will include in his presentation numerous images of the building and its times to illustrate his narrative. Members of the public are invited.

Also, please mark your calendar for the next evening, September 10, 5 to 8 p.m. for the second annual Society Spaghetti Dinner at Inlet’s Tamarack Café with all proceeds benefiting the Inlet Historical Society, contributed by Tamarack Café owners Megan and Brandon DiMartino. Funds received will assist with the monthly expenses maintaining the Society’s building.


The new owners of The Woods Inn will host of the Inlet Historical Society’s August 13 program, 7 p.m. at the new Pavilion built adjacent to the historic Victorian era hotel building, The Woods Inn.

Following a brief Society Board meeting at 5:00 p.m., the Society at 6:00 p.m. will hold its Annual Membership Meeting during which attendees will be provided the current status of the Society, its plans for the future and other Society business will occur. Attendees to this meeting will also be provided with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Woods Inn staff during a “meet and greet” period. The Woods Inn will also offer a cash bar at this time.

At 7:00 p.m., the Society will provide a history of the Woods Inn property presented by Charles Herr. The history will include numerous images and information about the hotel’s life as the third Hess Camp, the Wood Hotel and its rebirth as the Woods Inn. The story of the hotel began in the era of steamboats and long dresses, its owners contributed to the development of today’s Inlet business district and when the automobile forced a reinventing of the big hotel, the owners adapted to the different vacationer styles. The story will also provide not only the peaks but also the valleys of the Woods Inn history when, vacant for years, a couple from Pittsburgh with volunteers brought it back as a major part of Inlet’s continuing service to its visitors and a major contributor to the Inlet community.

It is rare that the Society can hold a program about a part of Inlet’s history that not only still exists, but continues to meet its original purpose and then some.

All of the events will occur in the recently constructed Pavilion adjacent to the hotel building. Members of the public are invited.

Historical Society Presents “Keith’s Diner Remembered”

On Thursday, July 16, 7 p.m., at the Inlet Town Hall, the Inlet Historical Society’s program will be a presentation by Charles Herr on the memorable Keith’s Diner and the before and after history of what occupied its location. Herr will provide attendees with a history of Inlet’s first theater, Inlet’s first diner (not Keith Baerman’s), the housing of the Inlet ambulance and naturally Inlet’s first caboose.   The story of this lot includes movies, destruction by fire, tragic deaths of owners and the long history of Keith Baerman and his operation of the “not for sale” Diner.

Part of the program will include photographs and postcard images of the location’s occupants and their businesses. It is anticipated that the most interesting part of the program will come from the first hand memories of former customers in attendance.

The program is open to the public and the Society invites members to take this opportunity to renew their membership if they haven’t already done so. The Society will also update the audience concerning its future plans and events.

Historical Society Presents History of Rocky Point Inn

On Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m., at the Inlet Town Hall, the Inlet Historical Society’s first program of the 2015 summer season will be a presentation by Charles Herr on the History of the popular Rocky Point Inn. For almost a century of its existence, the Inn was a popular Fourth Lake hotel catering to customers of all walks of life, including Errol Flynn and Mary Pickford.

Mr. Herr will provide history from the Inn’s birth and ownership by the Rocky Point Inn Company, its financial backing by Louisa Burrell and her notable husband David, and its long term stewardship by the Delmarsh Family. Part of the program will include photographs, menus and postcard images of the Inn’s property development from its heydays to the Inn building’s demise.

Attendees are also invited to share their memories of their stays at the Inn and its services.

The program is open to the public and the Society invites members to take this opportunity to renew their membership if they haven’t already done so. The Society will also update the audience concerning its future plans and events.

2015 Programs

The Inlet Historical Society has the following programs scheduled for the upcoming season. Additional events are planned and will be announced as soon as possible. As always, the public is invited to these events and presentations.

June 18: 7 p.m., Thursday, Rocky Point Inn, Inlet Town Hall

July 16: 7 p.m., Thursday, Keith’s Diner, Inlet Town Hall

July 18: 10 a.m., Saturday, Historical Walking Tour, beginning Inlet School ending at Society Building with refreshments.

July 25: 10 a.m – 4 p.m. Saturday, Inlet Classic Car Cruise & Show, Arrowhead Park.

Aug 13: 6 p.m., Thursday, Annual Membership Meeting, Public Meet & Greet Buffet with Cash Bar, Woods Inn
7 p.m., History of the Woods Inn

Aug. 15 10 a.m., Saturday, Historical Walking Tour, beginning Inlet School ending at Society Building with refreshments.

Sept. 9 7 p.m., Thursday, The Gaiety Theater Building, Inlet Town Hall

Sept. 10 5 p.m., Friday, Tamarack Café Benefit Dinner, 100% proceed to Society. Date subject to change.

Oct. 7 7 p.m., Wednesday, Moss Lake, Dr. Geof Longstaff, Inlet Town Hall

The Society Building will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 15 to August 29 this summer. But this will depend on the availability of docents. The Society asks that those interested in being docents can contact contact Mitch Lee at the Inlet Tourism Office, 315-357-5501. You do not need to be a member and it is a great opportunity for docents and visitors to learn about Inlet ‘s history.

Finally, the Society wants to remind members and the public that renewal dues and new membership dues may be sent to P.O. Box 473, Inlet NY 13360 or dropped off at the Inlet Tourism Office. The payment form can be downloaded from the Society website, http://www.inlethistoricalsociety.org or picked up at the Town Hall.

IHS Expresses Thanks for 2015 Support

During this season of thanks, celebration and giving, the Inlet Historical Society [a Section 501 (c)(3) charitable organization] wishes to thank all who have generously contributed to our efforts in preserving and presenting the history of the Town of Inlet and the surrounding region during the extended 2014 membership year. Our membship year is now on a calendar year basis beginning with 2015. We invite all to join the individuals and organizations listed below and help support our efforts. Please review our membership form at the Inlet Tourism Office or at http://www.inlethistoricalsociety.org to view the options available .

Below, we have listed all who have already responded generously and hope readers will consider joining your friends and neighbors listed below in supporting our efforts to protect and tell about the history of the full and part time families of Inlet.  We apologize for any unintentional omissions.

The Society wishes to thank the following individuals who have supported us with their memberships and contributions: Continue Reading »

IHS Wants to Reconnect Holl’s Inn Memorial Plates with Families

Last year, the Inlet Historical Society received over 300 plates made by the Holl’s Inn family commemorating their guests’ weddings and other celebrations held at the historic hotel over a period of 70 years.  Since then, a few have come forward and have recovered the memorial plate for their family. In some cases, the family member attended the event.  We also recognize that some of the names painted on the plates may no longer be living, except in the wonderful memories of their descendants. If readers recognize names that aren’t part of their family, but they know the family indicated, please inform that family that the plate commemorating is available.

We have now put together a listing of the names for those folks whose plates we have and it is the crude listing below, along with whatever date or event was painted on the plates.  If you are a family whose member(s) are listed below, please contact the Inlet Tourism Office at 315-357-5501, Mitch Lee, and arrange for a pickup of their family’s plate.  The Historical Society suggests a donation of $25 or a membership in the Society at the desired level to help compensate us for the efforts in caring for the plates.  The Society also thanks the Holl family and the current owners for forwarding the plates to the Society, some of which we will retain as regional artwork as well as Holls Inn artifacts.

Folks whose plates we presently have are: Continue Reading »


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