12 Center Street

12 Center Street, Tucker Inn, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

12 Center Street, Tucker Inn, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Howard Burchman, who runs the Tucker Inn with his partner, Thomas Kinard, believes he may have been imprinted with the innkeeping gene. “I was conceived while my parents were running a small hotel in the Catskills,” he said. The mansard-roofed house, in the Second Empire style, was constructed in 1872. By 1910, it was home to the Bowley family, which produced George Bowley, a superintendent in the Life-Saving Service and Rear Adm. Clarence Matheson Bowley, a decorated World War II hero. Admiral Bowley sold the property in 1974. It was later run by Linda Allen and Roger Allen, as the Twelve Center Guest House, and from 1998 to 2001, by Emily Flax and Carol Lynn Neal. Burchman, a human services consultant to government and nonprofit organizations who also managed the Ranch Guestlodge, took over in 2001.


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