INTRODUCTIONDiscover the history of Canna Country Inn and the mission and purpose of owners Daniel and Susan Ruffner.
How Canna got its name: We often wondered how the inn got its name, Canna Country Inn. We thought it was some exotic reason, but then we discovered that the original B and B owners were Cal and Nancy and they simply used the abbreviations in their name and shortened it into Canna. And so there's nothing exticing or exotic about the name, just Cal and Nancy turned it into a short version of their name. So Canna Country Inn was created.
History: Canna Country Inn was originally built as a bank barn in 1853. They built it like that so that animals and equipment could enter the building from upstairs or downstairs without having to go up stairs or any kind of equipment to raise them up and down.
All the stones that you see here in the barn either came right out of the local Earth or from the river, the Susquehanna River. It's about 2 miles down. They were all hauled in by hand on horse and buggy.
Canna was constructed as a post and beam barn built by Russian immigrants as they went through the country to build these things and they constructed them by morticing out slots, marking them in the field and then bringing them into the building and then constructing them completely without nails. They would drill holes into joints and drive wooden pegs in. You can still see a lot of those today in the barn.
Originally built to be a barn for a peach orchard, the last owners that we knew of lived next door in a log house. They had 10 children, the mother died at the birth of the last child. Then a developer bought the entire farm and turned this unit into a dwelling and a gentleman's club called The Irish Mist.
It was turned into a bed and breakfast in 1993.
The unique thing about Canna Country Inn is that it's actually a huge historic barn that you can stay in. Staying here is like being a part of history. That just gives us a lot of pleasure to serve people here at Canna.
When we originally bought the inn, all the rooms were named. We did change a couple of names, but they are not named for themes or anything, they're just - the tack room for instance is - it does have the actual wooden hooks and everything in there still where the saddles and bridles and everything were kept when it originally was a farm.