| 301 River Road | Built in 1836, by Levi Beebe, the Commercial Building (or The Governor's Inn, The Inn, or Old Plantation Inn) is the oldest commercial structure in Lucas County. Because of its size and location, this building was a center of community activity in early Maumee. Throughout its storied past, it has housed law offices, a post office, a public meeting room, and several mercantile establishments. Keep in mind, commercial activity was at an all time high in Maumee in the 1830s. The main stagecoach route between Detroit and Fort Wayne ran by the front door of this building, and only a few feet away, commerce thrived on the docks lined along the Maumee.
One year after its construction, this building was the gathering point for organizing the Lucas County Whig Party. Such prominent citizens as James, David and Jesup Scott, George Knaggs, James Wolcott, Horatio Conant, and Levi Beebe were among those who participated in the meeting in 1837.
Many lawyers and dignataries frequented this building since it was located just one block from the old Lucas County Courthouse. In fact, three men destined to become U.S. presidents had connections to this building. As a young attorney, Rutherford B. Hayes frequented The Inn and Abraham Lincoln is said to have stayed here, as well as Ulysses S. Grant. In 1852, the Lucas County seat moved to Toledo and the Maumee economy slowed but the Commercial Building continued to house various businesses.
According to legend, a tunnel leading from the Maumee River to the cellar of this building was used as a stopping point for the Underground Railroad. Later, this same route was said to be used during prohibition to bring illegal alcohol in from Canada.
After the turn of the 20th century, the building fell on hard times and had a succession of owners. In 1951 Donald Buckhout purchased the building and operated it as The Old Plantation. The building was designated an Ohio Historic Landmark in 1973 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.