George Baxter emigrated from Dundee Scotland in 1818 to
become the principal of the Royal Grammar School in Kingston. He bought
400 acres and built Cataraqui Grange out along Hwy 15. George Baxter later lost
his job after the rebellion of 1837 as he was the brother-in-law of William Lyon
Mackenzie (grandfather of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King) When his son Peter married
Grace Baillie, George built them a house on what is now Green Woods Inn (Circa
1850) and called it Maple Close.
Their son James Baillie Baxter married
Margaret Hester Davis and they resided at Maple Close Farmhouse. On or
about 1910 the property was extended to its present size using lumber milled
from maple trees taken from the farm. James and Margaret had four children: Florence Helen, William Cecil
Sharp, Ethel Davis, and George Young. William Cecil Baxter married Ada
Mable Wiltse and took over Maple Close. Cecil and Ada had two children -
Noreen Baxter Belfie and Margaret Baxter Cochrane. After Cecil's death,
Ada Baxter sold Maple Close to Reg Greenwood in 1954.
Greenwood family (from whom the Inn was named) lived in this home from 19
many repairs and renovations have been undertaken over the years the fundamental
shape and elevation of the building remains unchanged since1910.
The warmth, charm and character of this wonderful Victorian home are
immediately apparent upon entering the front door where a warm welcome awaits
The feeling wellbeing upon entering the
Inn is what present owners Nigel & Tessa Dearsley call 'the magic of Green