Welcome to The Willis-James

Inspired by the former 19th century builders and owners of the home, great care was taken to restore the house and continue to tell their stories. The home is grounded in its federal/classical revival architecture, yet adorned with modern amenities. Our approach of "old meets new" provides a unique opportunity for the traveler who appreciates a boutique lodging experience in a historic community.  


Looking to experience something new this summer? Then book your rooms at The Willis-James today and head to Ohio's first capital. Chillicothe and the surrounding hills are packed with numerous hiking and biking trails, and some of the most scenic waterways in the state. The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks World Heritage Sites are a true marvel to lay your eyes on, as is the fully restored Adena Mansion & Gardens. Enjoy shopping and dining in the historic downtown section, surrounded by some fine representations of pre-Civil War architecture. The Ross County Heritage Center, located just across the street from The Willis-James boasts some of the most significant exhibits of early Ohio history than anywhere else in Ohio. To top things off, from mid-June to Labor Day the outdoor drama Tecumseh! performs five days a week on Sugarloaf Mountain- it is truly a fascinating story and venue. There is so much to do around Chillicothe that we highly recommend giving yourself at least two days to properly explore the area and enjoy your time at The Willis-James.