An Adirondacks Bed & Breakfast's History

From Summer Home to Year-round Inn

The Inn was built in 1890 as the summer home of wealthy bachelor, Howard Conkling. Howard Conkling was a lawyer from New York City, and a member of the New York State Assembly. He was well traveled and wrote multiple books of his travels. No expense was spared for his home. A 12 foot beamed ceiling, chestnut wainscoting and fabulous keyhole staircases enhance the spacious Great Room, now used as the Guest Sitting Area.

In 1926, Howard Ketchum purchased the home for use as a summer residence. The Ketchum family enjoyed the summers in Lake Luzerne along with their two daughters until the 1980s.

Purchased in 1984 from the Ketchum Estate, the summer home was restored by Gene and Linda Merlino. The Merlinos opened their doors as the Lamplight Inn Bed and Breakfast. Over the years, they maintained the Inn and made several improvements and additions.

After 40 years of operating the Inn, the Merlinos retired and George and Mary Haleem purchased the Inn to continue operations as Rockwell Falls Inn and Wine Bar. The Haleem family continues to preserve its charm while adding new amenities for guests to enjoy year round.