The historic house, dates back to the 1700s and once served as a tavern and stagecoach stop for weary travelers. In the late 1800s, the house was sold to Ansel S. Gurney, who left the hospitality business in favor of a family farm.
In the 1930s, the Gunschel family purchased the house and it became a family summer home. Their son Booth and wife Peg went on to raise their own three sons in the home. In 1976, the Gunschels’ converted part of their home to a gift shop and restaurant, and the Ansel Gurney House was born.
Today, the youngest son, Jon, and his wife, Debbie, own the Ansel Gurney House, and the tradition of searching near and far for the most distinctive gifts and items continues. Over the years, the gift shop has expanded to encompass all eleven rooms of the grand, old house, each room offering a distinct theme, from fine clothing to kitchen supplies to Christmas decorations. The Ansel Gurney House is well stocked with gifts for even the most discerning shopper.