Updated Jan. 2
The Edgartown Inn has sold to developer Charles Hajjar, a Milton-based developer, for $5 million.
Earle K. Radford Jr. purchased the historic inn in 1973, operating it until his death in 2007. After being passed down through Radford’s family, it was sold on Dec. 21.
The inn includes 12 rooms in the main building at 56 North Water St. with two adjoining rooms in the smaller “Garden House” at 60 North Water St. Both structures are included in Hajjar’s purchase.
The building was originally built in 1798 as a residence for Capt. Thomas Worth, a whaling captain. Many of the inn’s rooms are named after several of its notable guests that have stayed there throughout history such as secretary of state Daniel Webster, writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sen. Charles Sumner and, during his time as a senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy.
Hajjar is no stranger to Edgartown. In addition to the Edgartown Inn, Hajjar’s firm, Hajjar Management Corporation, owns the the Sydney, the Richard, and the Christopher, which are all operated by Lark Hotels.
Director of hotels at the firm and Hajjar’s wife, Ann Tamer Hajjar, told The Times the property will “absolutely” continue to operate as an inn. Hajjar said the Edgartown Inn will be renovated and some changes can be expected, but everything is still in the planning stages. Renovations are expected to begin in the coming weeks with a planned opening as soon as June or July.
Hajjar said she wants to keep the Edgartown Inn name and is proud to continue to purchase inns in town and keep them operating as inns.
“We’re very excited to add to our collection, it’s our fourth hotel in Edgartown. We are more than thrilled. I know it’s an iconic property and we love to renovate these beautiful buildings that need a little TLC to bring them back to their beauty and luster that they were probably like 100 years ago,” Hajjar said. “We love to give back to the Island. We like to keep the integrity of all our buildings…We love Edgartown.”
Updated to add information from Hajjar — Ed.