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Beechwood Manor Inn is the only Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck that is listed on both the State and the National Historic Register.
Warner P. Sutton and his wife Lois May on the front porch around 1900
History of Beechwood Manor Inn
From Early Memories of Saugatuck by Mary Frances Heath
Warner P. Sutton owned the house for 36 years from 1877 until 1913.
In 1875, he came to Saugatuck as Superintendent of Schools. In 1878, he was appointed Consular Agent and then Consul General of Mexico. He served fifteen years in these offices during the administration of Presidents Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland and Harrison.
In 1889, he was called to Washington by the Secretary of State to act as Secretary of the American Delegation to the first Pan-American Conference. His greatest effort was given to improving commercial and friendly relations between the U.S. and Mexico.
After leaving his diplomatic service, Mr. Sutton practiced International Law, most notably winning the famous Cheek Case against the King of Siam.
During the Spanish American War, he served under General Miles in Puerto Rico, after which he retired, living in Saugatuck at his home, which he called 'the Beeches', later changed to 'Beechwood Manor'. He and his wife, Lois May, raised their four children in the house- three daughters, Ethel, Enid and Saida and one son, Edwin.
Sutton Family in the front yard of 'the Beeches' in the 1800's