A sloping lawn and a white plank fence lead up to the front of the Kitty Knight House, home of an American war heroine from the War of 1812. As the British advanced up the Sassafras River in May, 1813, they burned the town of Georgetown, reducing all of it to ash except for a church and 2 brick houses at the top of a hill. These 2 buildings (now joined to form the inn), were saved by the courageous Catherine "Kitty" Knight. She was a great heroine who refused to leave an invalid neighbor, defying Admiral Sir George Cockburn by declaring "I shall not leave. If you burn this house, you burn me with it." The British finally relented.