Welcome to the White House Inn Online

 

  

                              Hwy 45 North then Left on Cty Rd S
                          5776 Main St * Butte des Morts, WI 54927
                            For Reservations Call: (920) 582-7211








  History of the White House Inn

     James G. Kontos founded Jimmies in 1929.  At the time, it was simply known as "The White House" and as the years progressed it was "Jimmie's White House Inn" and finally just Jimmies".
     The George Walter Brewing Company of Appleton built the White House Inn around the turn of the century in Butte des Morts.  A blacksmith by the name of Smith ran the saloon.  In 1915 Ed Luhm took over running the saloon for the Appleton Brewery and ran it until 1923 when Grace Rose took over the building.  She rented rooms upstairs and it soon became a popular stop for busses that ran between the neighboring town.
     In 1925 Chris Kontos purchased the building, but since it was during the prohibition, the saloon was not profitable.  Kontos then decided to turn  it into a candy factory and added a kitchen, which is now part of the private dining room.  Before Chris could get the business into operation he became sick.  In 1929 his brother James bought the business and opened it as a supper club.
     The town of Butte des Morts, established in 1818, is older than the state of Wisconsin.  Butte des Morts means "Hill of the Dead".
     Miles LaFever currently owns and operates The White House Inn.  The Civil War bar motif is a private collection of the LaFever Family.  Corporal Tunis LaFever, Miles grandfather, was 62 years old when Clarences, Miles father, was born in 1905.  Many artifacts of Corporal LaFever can be found around the bar.  His original musket, discharge papers, Citation for Gallant Regiment of the Wisconsin Volunteers and his watch with a chain braided from his mother's hair are all on display.
     Please feel free to browse the many authentic Civil War artifacts.

 

We hope you enjoy your visit and we welcome your return