Central Maine’s historic building, The Munroe Inn (aka The Horace Munroe House) is a luxury boutique hotel in the area. Nested in a quite neighborhood of Auburn downtown at the banks of Androscoggin River, our fine lodging offers a serene interlude filled with special and welcoming touches. Our guest rooms are comfortably set with all modern amenities as flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, AC, premium bedding, and lavish furnishing. Each rooms has its own character and a theme.
We are proud of our gourmet breakfast made of the freshest ingredients, courtesy of Maine’s vibrant farming community. We thrive to use only organic ingredients.
At the Munroe Inn, we are ready to greet you with our heartfelt welcome and welcome back!
Horace Munroe House is on the National Register of Historical Houses and listed in Wikipedia.
The stained glass at the house boasts some of the most valued in the North East, manufactured by the Geo W. Spence Co. of Boston, MA
In the summer, start your day with a breakfast at out backdoor patio. In the winter stay by the fire place in the lounge.
The Horace Munroe House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and listed in the archives of the Maine Historical Preservation Society.
Allow us to combine the passion for healthy, wholesome ingredients and show off with our breakfast! Your plate most likely would be made of organic ingredients and from a local farm.
The history of the Munroe family dates from the Revolutionary War to Auburn’s development as the shoe manufacturing capital of the Northeast. Very rich family story is interwoven with the very history of the Maine.
The family’s patriarch, Alexander Munroe, was a Scottish native commissioned in 1760 to serve in the war of England and France as a Commissary to General Wolfe. At the battle of Quebec he was in the boat with General Wolfe as the British approached Quebec. He accompanied the General in the attack at the Plains of Abraham and was with the General when he fell. He was one of the three who lifted the wounded General from the field. Tradition has it that he heard the last words uttered by General Wolfe, “Then I die in peace”. A painting of the death of General Wolfe hangs at Fort Ticonderoga in which Alexander is shown supporting Wolfe’s body, mortally wounded. Alexander was one of only six members of his company that was left alive, but severely wounded. He continued to serve in the army until 1768. Munroe folklore says that “Alexander got shot in the chest and didn’t stop running until he reached Auburn.” That makes a nice story, but it was about 200 miles from Quebec City to North Auburn, and the woods were teeming with hostile Frenchmen and Indians! Alexander moved to Bridgewater, MA before the death of his first wife, and lived on a farm, but owned no property. Around 1800 he accompanied to Maine a large group of settlers where he bought a farm of 80 acres in Dillingham Hill for his son, David and land in Poland, ME in the Minot settlement for himself. There he turned his attention to farming, and lived out the remainder of his life till age 72.
Alexander Munroe’s grandsons, Noble and James, were pioneers of the shoe industry in Auburn and were imperative in the Auburn-Lewiston shoe making industry. The history of Auburn and the industrial raise of the region was shaped by business endeavors of Munroe’s brothers, grandchildren of Alexander. Both brothers, and Noble’s brother-in-law, Cyrus S. Packard, were partners at several companies, including the Minot Shoe Company, and the C. S. Packard and Co, both were very successful companies and operated for over 30 years till 1875.
At first shoe manufacturing was done in a primitive manner, and the product was a coarse, heavy shoe. The work was cut out by the manufacturer, in a small room, and then sent to the dwellings of the community, where the men and women worked at bottoming, stitching, etc. Everything was done by hand; no labor-saving machinery being introduced until 1850. With the new machinery the making of a finer class of goods, a more systematic method of manufacturing came into operations. Factories were built where the labor was done under the supervision of overseers, and run by the steam-powered machinery. The development of Lewiston Falls, with the facility for shipment by the railroad caused the shoe manufacturers to largely locate there. From 1860 to 1870 the population of that part of Auburn lying within four miles of Court Street Bridge nearly doubled, largely due to shoe manufacturing. In 1865 shoe manufacturing amounted to $1,000,000 annually, paying laborers $300,000, tax $60,000, freight $30,000, and producing 600,000 pairs of shoes! From the incorporation of Auburn as a city this industry has been the one overshadowing all others. General business improved with the progress of the shoe business. Real estate brought higher prices. There was a brisk demand for building lots, an influx of a good class of citizens, a rapid and solid growth, and the new city attained prominence for its activity, push, and amount of business done.
After the Noble’s death at age 66, his 2nd wife, Maria, embarked on the project to honor Noble’s life and achievements by building a beautiful home. They had 6 children together. Construction of the 5,104 sf mansion commenced in 1899, and became Maria’s home upon its completion. After Maria’s death in 1922, her youngest son Horace Munroe moved into the mansion his family. In 1923, a two story matching carriage house was added to park the Munroe family’s car.
After Horace’s death, the home was sold in the 1950s. In 1999 Zimmerman’s family converted the home in the Munroe Inn B&B and a successful fine dining until they moved to CT in 2006. The building was vacant for 4 years until 2011 when Floridians, Melanie and David Davis, purchased the Inn and re-established it as B&B business. In 2014 the Munroe Inn was sold to Olga Dolgicer, who relocated to Maine from NYC. As the Inn’s owner her goal is to upkeep this historic property with the preservation though restoration.
Acknowledgements: historical data, statistics and materials on this page are used from Androscoggin
County, Maine-History and Genealogy, transcribed by Susan Wysocki
Payment: Cash, money order, personal check, travelers’ check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are accepted.
Deposits: No deposit required. Payment for entire stay is expected upon the guest’s check in.
Check-In: Check-in 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Please kindly notify us of your arrival time. Arrivals outside of check-in time may require a self-check-in by the guest. We accommodate late arrivals, early check-in (when room is available), or bag drop off with prior notification.
Check-Out: Check-out 10:00 am. Please note $50.00 assessed fee for a late check out between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
We serve an elegant two-course breakfast every morning from 7:00am to 9:30am. We make breakfast per each room at the time requested by guests. We are happy to serve an earlier breakfast with prior notice.
Room Cancellation Policy: Vacancies caused by early departures are considered to be cancellations and full payment of reserved stay is expected and no refund full or in part will be given. Cancellations must be made by 3:00 pm and a full 5 days prior to the guest’s arrival date to avoid cancellation charges. In case of a late cancellation, the guest’s credit card will be charged 100% of the cost of the first night reserved (1 night max) plus tax. No shows and cancellations made on the day of the guest’s arrival will be charged in full.
Special Events Policy: A fifteen (15) days cancellation notice is required for full Inn and/or Wedding reservations. Cancellations within the allotted time frame will result in a return of your deposit. Cancellations made after the allotted time frame will be charged the 50% reservation amount plus tax.
Room Servicing, Towels and Linens Change: We adopted the initiatives to ensure that we meet the environmental criteria to preserve energy, water and minimize the waste. If you wish to change a towel, please put in the bath tub so we would know that you are requesting a towel change. Generally, occupied rooms being made up daily upon request only, basic make up. If anything more than ordinary you might need to request, please let us know – we will try to accommodate your request.
Smoking, candle burning or incense use: The Munroe Inn is a Smoke-Free facility. Smoking or candle/incense burning is not permitted in guest rooms, indoor or outdoor public areas, or anywhere else on our grounds where it may impact other guests or pose a fire hazard. We will assess a $200 fee to the guest’s credit card for any violations of our no smoking/burning free premises policy.
Room damage: If the room is damaged or requires an excessive amount of cleaning, an additional cleaning fee will be assessed to the guest’s credit card at a minimum hourly rate of $30 per hour and any damages will be assessed by the cost of the repair or replacement.
Children: We welcome children of any age.
Pets: Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.Please note we have our guard dog staying with the innkeeper.
Exclusivity: The Munroe Inn, its rooms and included amenities are for registered guests of the Munroe Inn. Innkeepers are always happy to give tours for visitors to view The Horace Munroe House or to welcome your guests for the breakfast or visit. For the comfort, convenience, and respect of privacy for all of our guests, please invite your guest/s to the inn by prearranging it with the innkeeper.
Parking: We offer off street parking on our private parking lot by the Inn, or at the public street parking.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that I ended up running a Bed & Breakfast. I was born in Soviet Union, a time when our cultures were foreign and often misunderstood. As a child I spent my summers at my grandparents’ farm in the southern part of Ukraine on the shores of the Azov Sea. My grandmother was the most warm host, and the setting was idyllic. Her cooking was very engaging activity, her recipes were traditional, and her kitchen musings fueled my passion for cooking at the age of nine. By my twelfth birthday I cooked for the family and friends. I still love cooking for friends and family.
As many women from Soviet Union I have had solid education that has given me both a strong character and a confidence. I am a graduate of Railway Engineering Academy (former Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Russia), where I received my MS in Electrical Engineering. My personal ambition evolved soon after that, and I immigrated to the United Kingdom in 1985. Fast-forward to twenty-five years later, and you will have seen that I settled in New York City with my husband and now grown daughter, had 20+ years of corporate management experience. As time moved on, I began to yearn for my own projects. To own a Bed and Breakfast presented me with an opportunity to try myself as an innkeeper.
But before I could dive deep into my new business, I had to fall in love with the state of Maine! I had a love affair with the state for a few years before I purchased the Munroe Inn. Maine’s beauty, serenity, and endless trails were calling me! The people in this state are wonderful, and becoming a resident has been exciting.