The Cozy Inn was started in 1929 by Wilbur Freeze, as a gas station and tourist camp with tents and cabins. It eventually grew to encompass a motel and restaurant. Situated in Thurmont, Maryland, near the site of the presidential retreat Camp David, the Inn hosted members of the press, American and foreign political leaders, and diplomats, along with ordinary tourists. The owners collected memorabilia from the Inn's famous guests and had a small museum. The Cozy Inn closed in 2015.
The collection documents the entire history of the Cozy Inn, including the guest register from the guest house run by the last owner's aunt, 1926; also business records; correspondence; employee handbooks; photographs, photograph albums and slides; a scrapbook of clippings; certificates and honors; restaurant placemats and menus; recipes; advertisements; internal newsletters; audiovisual materials; articles and clippings; and miscellaneous promotional printed materials such as postcards, flyers, and brochures.
Cozy Inn Collection, 1926-2015, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Pending (NMAH Acc.)
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves