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History of The Wandering Dog Inn

History

We acknowledge the traditional, ancestral, territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Specifically, this is the home of Caldwell First Nation, and part of the house of Walpole Island First Nation. We recognize and respect the First Nations who are stewards of the land and waters of Turtle Island and who have embraced this stewardship since time immemorial. 

The Main House is comprised of two old farmhouses that were moved to the current location at different times.  In 1883, Ohio merchants Schoephle and Gfroehr owned a 90 acre farm with the Main House across from the old Schoolhouse on Stone Road in an area now known as Stone Road Alvar.  The tenant farmer on the property and original resident was John Jupp.  The Jupp farmhouse was moved to EastWest Road in 1905 then a second home was added to the back of the original structure in 1920.  Mismatched original hardwood floors inside the Main House give away where the two houses are joined.  John + Margaret Jupp are buried at the North Bay Cemetery on Pelee island.  From farmstead to hunting lodge and bed and breakfast, The Wandering Dog Inn has stood at the corner of East West Road for over a century and welcomed people from around the world.

 Formerly known as:

  • Gillis Lodge
  • Mill Point Lodge
  • The Tin Goose Inn
  • The Wandering Pheasant Inn 

excerpts taken from A Bicycle Guide to Pelee Island