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The Bay Pony Inn is where informal elegance and warm hospitality come quite naturally.

A blend of American and international culinary traditions, gracious service and warm hospitality await you. We invite you to visit us and allow us to share with you a bit of this old world charm and elegance.

Innkeepers, Eduard and Florence Knechtl





The History of the Bay Pony Inn...



The Bay Pony Inn at Lederach, located in north-central Montgomery County, owes much of its rich history to the descendants of Andrew Lederach, a Swiss immigrant who settled the town in 1717. In 1830, his great grandson built The Lederach Hotel which The Bay Pony Inn now occupies.

Longing to preserve the quaint character of Lederach's village, area resident/ businessman and former White House Cabinet member, Drew Lewis purchased several of it's historic buildings in 1987, among them, The Bay Pony Inn. His intent to restore the Inns colonial atmosphere and bring a lost style of gracious country dining to the area revived the Bay Pony.

The Inn reopened in November of 1988 with four separate and unique dining rooms. The Lederach Room has kept it's colonial charm and the Harriman Dining Coach returns you to stately dining elegance, circa 1890. The Governor's compartment hosts private parties to 10. Additionally, the spacious Salford Room, accommodating parties to 125, affords a view of the peaceful Branch Valley countryside.

Today there are few inns that excel the Bay Pony Inn in the seriousness of it's restoration and the careful selection of it's materials. Guests are singularly impressed with it's quiet beauty. The Bay Pony features that rarity among country inns subdued elegance, beguiling charm and modern conveniences, seldom found in early American inns.

Innkeepers Eduard and Florence Knechtl combine their talents, with domestic and international experiences, four and five star hotels, traveling to London, Vienna, Singapore, Hamburg, Munich, Bermuda and the continental U.S.A. obtaining invaluable insight on different cultures and traditions.

As the new operators of the historic Bay Pony Inn, we would like to present you with American and international culinary traditions, gracious service and warm hospitality. We invite you to visit us and allow us to share with you a bit of this old world charm and elegance. Feel the warmth and see the welcoming smiles, promising a truly enjoyable dining experience.


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