The Maine Maid Inn is closed for business. Photo by William Kelly
The Maine Maid Inn has closed its doors - ending a long history for the Inn, which was built in 1789.
The Maine Maid Inn, which is located at 4 Old Jericho Turnpike in Jericho, was inhabited in 1812 by Valentine and Abigail Hicks, prominent members of the Quaker community that founded Jericho, with their three daughters.
In 1837, Valentine Hicks was elected president of the Long Island Rail Road and was instrumental in bringing the rail service to the area. He lived in the house until he passed away in 1850; 100 years later the homestead became The Maine Maid Inn.
The Maine Maid Inn is filled with history, including the portal to the famous Underground Railroad, which was located behind the linen closet doors. It also boasted the original wide plank floors.
The homestead was a private home until 1930 when it was opened as an Inn. It was purchased by owners Payal and Rajiv Sharma, who operate Sitar in Huntington, in 2007.
Calls to the restaurant went unanswered and the Maine Maid Inn's website has already been taken down. Plans for the building are unknown at this time.