Our Oshkosh Inn & History

Welcome to the Braywood Inn 

We would like to thank you for considering your stay with us at our Oshkosh Braywood Inn for your upcoming visit to our area.

We would love the opportunity to get to know you and make your stay a memory that you will never forget and will share with others. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable.

A Home filled with History

In 1867, thirty-one year old lumberman, John Rich purchased a lot just off Main Street for $1600.00 and invested another $5500 to construct a home for his family. Mr. Rich built this beautiful Creme City Brick Italianate home with twelve-foot ceilings and eight-foot windows for his wife Jeannette and children Lamontte and Amelia. John’s business partner, Jarvis Loper, who owned JR Loper Soapworks, and his wife Julia, also lived in the home with the Richs.

Tragically, John Rich died in December of 1870 at age 34, but Lamontte and Mrs. Rich stayed in the home until 1892. For the next 30 years, the house had several different owners until finally in 1928 it was sold to Hannah Goodwin. “Belle,” as she was called, added both the front and side porches to the home, and ran it as a men’s boarding house, calling it “Bachelor’s Hall.”

In the 1980’s and 1990’s the house served as a group home for developmentally disabled adults.

In October 2004, Scott and Nicole Brayton purchased the home with the intention of making it the premier Oshkosh B&B. For two long years, both Nicole and Scott worked full time jobs while pouring their heart and soul into repairing, replacing, updating and furnishing their dream home. The Brayton Bed and Breakfast finally opened for business in September 2006.

In April 2021, the property was purchased by the mother-daughter duo – Michelle and Kendal Watwood. Michelle was born in Wisconsin and moved to Colorado when she was younger. That Wisconsin connection and being die-hard Packer fans, is what drew Kendal and Michelle back to Wisconsin. Kendal is currently enrolled at University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and is working to complete her Bachelor of Science with a minor in Business.

Wanting to extend the legacy of the previous owners and the current owners, the property was renamed the Braywood Inn and has transitioned from a B&B to a “boutique style inn” which includes a continental breakfast and welcome basket in your room.

Michelle and Kendal would like to welcome you to enjoy the Oshkosh boutique-lodging experience.