The oldest operating hotel in Calaveras County, it was built as a family home in 1851 by Joseph and Sarah Goodell of Maine. The Goodells later relocated to Stockton. In 1853 Peter and Nancy Avery, also of Maine, began operating it as a hotel. Famous guests have included Alfalfa of "Our Gang" fame and western legends such as Black Bart and Roy Rogers. Owners and guests have reliably reported that the benign spirits of a late 19th century sea captain and a locally revered school mistress still occasionally visit the hotel. Hazel Fischer, the school mistress, lived in the hotel for 30 years until her death in 1967. She was responsible for forming the Avery School District. in 1992 the hotel was purchased by the Gotelli family who carried out extensive renovations. Since then, further restoration has taken place to provide a gracious and historical atmosphere for its guests.