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Stockton Inn has been sold — again


News has reached the Herald that an agreement of sale has been signed for the Stockton Inn, vacant since 2017, and the subject of an active recent history.
The agreement of sale was reportedly signed by Steven Grabowski and Cheryl Olsten.
“The inn has four dining rooms with 80 seats, indoor event space, 10 hotel rooms and outdoor dining with 80 seats and event space with gardens, waterfall, pond, wine cave, famous wishing well, outdoor bar and dance floor under roof. The property also includes a stone carriage house and a stone wagon house,” according to the Kurfiss Sotheby’s Real Estate listing. Three parcels are part of the offering.
The inn, which dominates the view of Bridge Street at the Delaware River crossing from Pennsylvania to Stockton, N.J., was built in the 1830s.

Owned by the Colligan family, It became a favorite rendezvous for New Yorkers during Prohibition and the Great Depression. Its wishing well and Stockton were made famous by the Rodgers and Hart song “There’s a Small Hotel.”
Over the years local artists painted murals of scenes from the local area. One of the rooms is dedicated to paintings by R.A.D. Miller, others to artists Kurt Wiese and Robert Hogue. Artist Illia Barger restored the paintings recently. It has not been determined whether the murals can be safely removed and preserved.
The inn was acquired by an investor in 2015 but it closed in 2017. Two years ago, another investor planned to develop the property with an outdoor concert venue, additional hotel rooms and a spa. The plan was withdrawn in 2021
According to an entry by Roger Byrom, “Preservation New Jersey supports adaptive reuse or if needed, sensitive redevelopment of the site that allows for preservation of the much loved Inn and respects the character of downtown.”