Drift Inn Cottage

Our history begins in 1904 when Mrs. Isabella Dunlap purchased the "Bengston Cottage" and made it her home. Mrs. Dunlap was a civic-minded person. She was president of the Village Improvement Association, active in the Cemetery Association and the first woman on the Orange City Town Council. Her name appears in records of these organizations as Isabella Garhardt as she married a Mr. Garhardt here in Orange City.

In this photograph of a Whist party at Mrs. Isabella Dunlap's home in 1904 you can see a sign hanging on the porch - " Drift Inn ." It is said Mrs. Dunlap took in some of the overflow of guest from the "DeYarmen Hotel," a landmark in Orange City and still operating today. Thus being named the Drift Inn.

Currently the "Drift Inn" has many of it's original features such as the heart pine floors, tin ceilings, door handles, windows and window latches, and the out buildings. The picture of the house in 1904 is the same as today and the original Drift Inn sign is displayed above the front entry door.