The White Horse Inn, the largest dwelling in the town proper, is well over 100 years old. It was at one time frequently visited by prominent members of the Chatsworth Club, later becoming a boarding home where people lived while working in the area and lastly the Stevenson family home. It is presently owned by the Township of Woodland.
The Inn, located near the intersection of Routes 532 and 563, in the Village of Chatsworth, is only a few yards from the railroad bed of the old Central Railroad of New Jersey. Today, it has been remodeled largely due to the efforts of the Chatsworth Club II and the Festival Committee of Chatsworth. It is an excellent example of vernacular architecture, a style that reflects the time and culture of the area in which it was originally built. The Inn has three floors, several fireplaces and is constructed of native Atlantic white cedar and pine.
Remodeling of the White Horse Inn, once called the Shamong Hotel, began nearly 30 years ago. This effort was funded with proceeds from the annual mid-October Cranberry Festival. Local builder Albert Morison, and others, oversaw its remodel and stabilization.
Today the Inn serves as the Woodland Township Community Center and houses the Woodland Township Historical Society’s exhibit and research room. It is listed in the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places (Shamong Hotel).
The Inn becomes an ideal entry point to the heart of New Jersey’s Pinelands and, especially, to the village of Chatsworth which Pulitzer Prize winning author, John McPhee, christened, “the Capital of the Pines”.