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About the Inn

The beautiful Pillar Inn was built in 1905 by local businessman Marcus Maurin, as a wedding gift for his daughter. The home has had several owners, but the current owners, Kevin Ward and Jill Ward, have a special connection - Kevin's grandfather, Dr. Herman Koop - was an earlier owner and operated his medical practices in the house. The architecture of the building is described as a free classic Queen Anne with Colonial Revival details. The home has warmth and charm as highlighted by stained oak and maple floors, beautiful woodwork, fireplace and wrap around porch. Guests will take a step back in time as they relax on the front porch, in front of the cozy fireplace, or in their own room. We offer lovely accommodations, as well as space for weddings, receptions, holiday parties, meetings, family gatherings, and other special events.
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ABOUT THE OWNERS

Kevin Ward and Jill Ward are the current owners of The Pillar Inn. While they are no longer married, they do run the business together, with Jill handling reservations and bookwork, as well as some breakfasts and cleaning, and Kevin being the "fix it" guy.

Kevin manages El Rancho Manana Campground and Riding Stable, just a few miles away from the inn.

Jill is a travel consultant and manager at Bursch Travel in Waite Park. She works full time and has been in the travel business for over 30 years.

Jill and Kevin have two sons, Johnathan and Joshua.
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