1909 a young Dartmouth College graduate named L.G. Treadway
moved to South Williamstown to manage the Idlewild Inn.
By 1912 he had acquired the Alumni House, former home of
Professor Dodd. For $5. he purchased the name Williams Inn
from a rooming house on Spring Street. From 1912 to 1974
The Williams Inn grew to have about 75 rooms and was loved
by many. At the same time The Williams Inn became headquarters
of a national chain of Charismatic Country Inns known originally
as "A Real New England Inn" and later known as
Treadway Inns which included about 55 Inns.
1974 that original old Inn was converted to the first women's
dormitory upon the admission of women to the Williams College
student body. It remains to this day as Dodd House and located
behind Thompson Chapel.
that time in 1974 a new 100 room Inn was built on the site
previously occupied by the Kappa Alpha Fraternity which
previous to that had been home of Harley Proctor, one of
the founders of Proctor & Gamble.
1961 Carl Faulkner was introduced to the hotel business
as an elevator operator at the then Sheraton Copley Plaza
Hotel in Boston to help pay his way through college. By
1968 he had formed what was to become a small group of New
England Inns, which acquired The Williams Inn in 1979. With
the guidance and financial backing of a group of 18 partners
this company grew as far west as Rochester NY where it acquired
the former Treadway Inn on East Avenue.
1991 The Williams Inn became a independent family-owned
Inn by Carl and Marilyn Faulkner, under whose attention
it still operates.
employees have worked here for many years. Notable among
them is the Kemp family which had five brothers employed
at one time or another since 1940. Clif worked 51 years
mostly as a bartender and Eugene was here for 25 years as
groundskeeper. Some Kemp relatives are still working here
today. Currently we have several of our staff who have been
here 20 years.
Williams Inn sits in the center of a truly amazing part
of the Northeast, and our area's history is only the beginning.