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Reagens Plan To Continue Unique Sherman Inn Legacy

Jim and Donna Reagen have shown their dedication to make Ogdensburg a wonderful place to live and raise families and a great place to visit for many years. They have now made a major commitment and investment to those ends purchasing the Sherman Inn from John Wade.

They will be hosting family events and entertaining visitors for years to come as the new owners and proprietors of the Sherman Inn. The recently assumed ownership of the inn and will make every effort to make visitors want to return to enjoy the unique experience which the riverside city can offer.

Jim Reagen has expressed the excitement which he and his wife share as inn keepers in the historic building which was Sherman School for over 100 years. They are confident that the inn can be a major asset as Ogdensburg goes back to the future to revive past prosperity and expand and enchance it.

Jim Reagen's statement follows.

"I am very pleased to announce that my wife, Donna, and I have purchased the historic Sherman Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ogdensburg. We intend to continue operating it as a Bed and Breakfast with Donna managing the day to day operations while I continue my full-time job as an aide to State Senator Patty Ritchie and St. Lawrence County Legislator, representing Ogdensburg’s District 1. My wife, Donna, has wanted to run a bed and breakfast for many years. With her experience in customer service, business operations and flair for interior decorating and hospitality, and my background in public relations and communications, we’re confident we can build on the Sherman Inn’s stature as the Ogdensburg’s area’s leading Bed and Breakfast.   We’ve been very lucky to be able to work closely with John Wade, who originally came up with the idea six years ago, to transform a small, historic elementary school in the heart of Ogdensburg and transform it into a luxurious and very spacious lodging place. We intend to continue John’s vision of highlighting our community’s amazing history and its tradition of providing the best in hospitality to our visitors, travelers and tourists. The former Sherman School was originally built 125 years ago in 1895 as one of the city’s early public schools. It was named after Civil War hero and U.S. Congressman Dr. Socrates Sherman, a prominent city surgeon who joined the Union Army in response to President Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops after Fort Sumter was fired on.

After the war, Sherman was one of the city’s leading supporters of a free public education for Ogdensburg’s children.

The school was named in his honor. The interior of the building was rebuilt in 1949 after a fire gutted the interior, but left the exterior standing.  As part of our effort to use the Sherman Inn to highlight Ogdensburg’s rich history and cultural heritage, we have named our rooms after U.S. Presidents who have visited our community over the years. Presidents James Monroe, Ulysses Grant, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt all enjoyed Ogdensburg’s hospitality during their careers.   

The impressive\ Grover Cleveland Suite has two queen size beds, private bath, 32-inch flat screen HD television, and a comfortable sitting area.

Inn common areas also include:

Galley kitchen with refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and microwave,

Downstairs parlor for relaxation, featuring several sitting areas, dining table, and piano.

First floor library including breakfast area, sitting area with TV, board games, eclectic selection of books featuring Ogdensburg, NY history, yearbooks, and some local family scrapbooks.

Keeping the Sherman Inn as one of Ogdensburg’s premier lodgings is a project that’s very dear to me because I attended kindergarten at this very school almost 60 years ago. I grew up just around the corner. Donna and I have moved in and we now live just a block and a half from four of our five grandchildren. As the former Managing Editor of the Ogdensburg Journal and Advance News, I see operating the Inn as a great opportunity to combine my interest in North Country history, tourism and my personal and professional interests in rebuilding my community’s economy. Donna and I believe in Ogdensburg and its future. We believe the city is turning the corner and great things are ahead of us. 





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