Highlawn Inn History

Built as Highlawn toward the end of the 1890s by the Honorable Algernon R. Unger. The home was built for Chaffie Ziler, Unger’s bride. Unger was a member of the West Virginia state senate 13th district from 1885-88. He also constructed the Washington Hotel, a landmark in Berkeley Springs, which was destroyed by fire in 1974. After Unger’s death, his widow provided lodging out of Highlawn for people passing through town or staying to visit.

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The original owners bought the building in 1984 to operate as the Highlawn Inn. They have meticulously restored the inn to its original elegance. The inn is located in a district near other historic sites such as the Berkeley Castle and The Museum of the Berkeley Springs. Highlawn is a contributing structure to the colonial-era Bath Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.Our founding innkeeper, Sandra Kauffman, passed away in May 2020.  Sandy loved Highlawn and all of the many wonderful guests who have stayed here over the past 35 years. She will be greatly missed. 

The inn has reopened, and we will continue Sandy’s tradition of hospitality as we welcome returning friends who have stayed with us many times and meet new friends who are just discovering us.