This article originally appeared in the Cobourg Daily Star on Wednesday, December 30, 1987. It was written by Peggy Wright in the winter before the inn opened for business. It is reprinted here in its entirety.
Woodlawn: 152 years of history
By Peggy Wright
Woodlawn was built in 1835 by George Perry, a son of Ebenezer Perry, one of the first United Loyalists who came to Cobourg in 1815 after serving in the war of 1812.
The history of the house is closely rivaled by the history of the Perry family.
Ebenezer Perry was an active industrialist and entrepreneur. He served as the first president of the board of police and was instrumental in the formation of both