About The Big Tree Inn


The Big Tree Inn is one of the most familiar landmarks on Main Street in Geneseo, NY —a historic community listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Come and experience its more than 130 years of hospitality and history. Join us for a meal on our front porch, a stay in one of our luxurious suites, or a celebration in our Event Center, and create your own history, at the Big Tree Inn.

On the east bank of the Genesee River, just east of the present college campus, a large white oak tree grew. Famous for its huge trunk, measuring approximately 27 feet in circumference, the tree led the local Seneca Indians to call this area “Big Tree.”

In 1833 the residence of Mr. Allen Ayrault and his wife, Mrs. Bethia Ayrault, was built on this land. In 1886 the building was renovated by Mr. Wadsworth and Mr. William C. Nash to become a hotel. A large sign bearing the words “Big Tree Inn” in red letters was erected in front of the imposing mansion, thus giving it the name it carries to this day.

We continue to write new chapters in the history of the Big Tree Inn. In 2008 an addition to the building allowed for the opening of the Event Center at the Big Tree Inn, a place where business and community members can join together to celebrate and conduct business.

Today, the history and memories of the Big Tree Inn and the members of the community live on and are celebrated. We invite you to join us and create your own memories at the Big Tree Inn, as its history grows and is shaped by its guests.

Historic Big Tree Inn Geneseo NY
Big Tree Inn pre-1885 Bethia Ayrault in doorway


The Big Tree Inn
46 Main Street
Geneseo, NY 14454