In the 1700s the spring and pasture at Montwell Park offered water and grazing for horses. As the town developed, the property was used for a tannery and feed mill owned by the Withrow family. Later, a small electric generator on the property supplied the women's college and the electric street lighting in downtown.


In 1964 the feed mill burned to the ground, leaving only its foundation. A log structure was built on top of this massive limestone foundation as an artisan center to take advantage of the constant flow of traffic on US 219 and Rt. 60 before the new interstate I-64 bypassed the town.


A few years later in 1966 Mrs. Rosalie Detch purchased and developed the property into a restaurant and bar, eventually adding two motel buildings with 54 rooms.

Early Partners 

The eroding inn had long been described as an eyesore that made the most common entryway to Lewisburg’s tourism center less inviting. Neighboring property owners Mary and Paul Lindquist were so intrigued by the prospect of an appealing use of the space adjacent to their historic home, they donated five acres of land to the project.


In 2015, Don and Marit Withrow made a significant financial contribution toward improvement of the parking lot and to begin construction of the James Withrow Building, the new home of The Local, a café and grocer providing responsibly grown regional produce and mindfully prepared food.