The Inn at Salado
Located in the heart of this unique village, The Inn at Salado is within walking distance of the finest shops and restaurants.
It displays both a Texas Historical Marker and a National Register Listing.
The Inn offers 10 individual guest rooms and a private cottage - all with private baths.
Antique decor and ambiance is enhanced by the friendly staff that invites you to relax and unwind.
The bench swings, rocking chairs, and shaded terraces make the Inn a perfect place for that social visit with friends or a romantic getaway.
The spacious grounds include three buildings for guest rooms, a chapel, banquet/meeting room - all in a picturesque setting.
Built in 1872 as a private residence, it now has the reputation of being one of the premier B&B's in the area.
The Inn has become the home away from home for business travelers and antique shoppers alike.
The Inn at Salado Bed and Breakfast resides in the historical Norton-Orgain House in the center of
Salado, Bell County, Texas. An integral part of the historic fabric of Salado, the house was built circa
1871 by Mr. Edward R. A. Buckles, who was the owner of the famous Stagecoach Inn and one of the
founders of the city.
The Norton-Orgain House sits on a site believed to have been a part of the land that impresario Sterling
C. Robertson contracted to settle in the 1820's. After disputes with Mexico, The Republic of Texas, and
the State of Texas as to the ownership of the land, Elijah S. C. Robertson received title to approximately
1,280 acres which included the site upon which the house now sits. Historically, the site included a
cistern in the rear and a picket fence between the house and the old Goodnight Cattle Trail. No
remains of other structures have been found.
John Orgain and his wife, Kate Alma, were significant figures in Salado and Central Texas throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. John Orgain was born in 1829 near Paris, Tennessee and after coming to Central Texas, he was considered to have been one of the founders of Salado in 1859 while managing the family farm near Hutto. After being wounded while seeing limited duty during the Civil War, Orgain returned to the Salado area to pursue businesses which included the Davis Mill and other enterprises with Captain Barbee. John Orgain was later instrumental in the organization of Thomas Arnold High School and served as County Superintendent of Schools in 1898.
Kate Alma Galvin Orgain was born in Chicago of wealthy parents. After her education was completed, she moved
to the Round Rock area where she taught music and art. After her marriage to John, Kate taught school at Salado
College in the late 1860's. During this time, Kate served as the first President of the "Amasavourian" reading society.
This group, whose name literally means "love of knowing," raised funds for the purchase of books which became the
basis for the Salado circulating library. Beginning in 1890, Kate taught music for several years in Thomas Arnold
Frustrated at the lack of reading and teaching materials available, Kate wrote or edited several books from 1900 to
1904 which included, Southern Authors in Poetry, Supplementary Reader and A Waif from Central Texas which was
later published in The Bohemian - a nationally distributed literary magazine.
It seems most fitting that the Norton-Orgain house should be recognized with a Texas Historical Marker. The house, a fine example of the Greek Revival style in Central Texas, is an integral part of the historic community of Salado, and was the home for many years of individuals who made very significant contributions to the growth and development of the State of Texas.
Prior to his ownership of the Norton-Orgain House, Nimrod Lindsay Norton had an illustrious history in Kentucky and Missouri. Norton was born in 1830 near Carlisle, Nicholas County, Kentucky. His parents were also children of American pioneers who contributed to the American Revolution. After education at Fredonia Military Academy in western New York and at the Kentucky Military Institute, Norton moved to Missouri and began farming. The Civil War saw Norton organize a company of troops and rise to the rank of Colonel as a Field Staff Officer to General Sterling Price. In May of 1864, Norton was elected to serve as a Missouri representative in the Second Confederate States Congress.