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Historical Baker’s Motel – Late 1930’s

The original courtyard rooms, where the cars were parked between the rooms as they are today.

The motel was built by I.B. Baker in – who owned Baker’s Motel 1937 – 1963

Mr. Baker gave the land across the street to the State of Ohio for the Zane Grey Museum in return the state put an exit here, now exit 164 in Norwich, Ohio

Baker's Motel - The 40's / Ohio Historical Motel

Historical Baker’s Motel – Late 1930’s

In the beginning the motel was simply cabins, as traffic grew on the National Road Baker’s Motel continued it’s growing.  New additions were made in the late 40’s and early 50’s which include adding rooms where there was once parking.  Baker’s Motel  was one of the first motels on US 40 which is the National Road, today most of the properties that came after Baker’s Motel are now gone and Baker’s Motel is still going strong.  Records show the original part of the motel was built in 1937 making Baker’s possibly the one of the oldest motels in Ohio still operating.

Baker’s Motel – Late 40’s – early 50’s

During this time period the motel consisted of 41 rooms with the addition of rooms where cars once parked in the 30’s and the wings of the motel were added.  Our small building which consists of 4 family rooms was added in the 50’s.

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  • The motel became a 41 unit motel
  • At the time was one of the most modern motels on US 40
  • Owned by The Baker’s


Baker's Motel - Late 40's - 50's / Historical Ohio Motel

Historical Baker’s Motel – 1960

The 60’s brought about a lot of changes in the motel and the area as I-70 opened,  the motel added 20 rooms with two beds and the areas largest pool in front of this section.  Baker’s Motel now consisted of 61 modern rooms.

In 1963 the motel was sold to General Theater Corporation out of Cleveland, Ohio

From 1963-1973.

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  • The back 20 rooms were added which are large family rooms
  • A large swimming pool was added
  • Interstate 70 was completed, and an exit for Norwich, Ohio was added


We no longer have a swimming pool.

Baker's Motel - 60's till now

Ohio Historical Motel / Family Owned and Operated

Baker’s Motel continues the long standing tradition of providing quality lodging at a reasonable price and has been doing so since the late 30’s, many of the strip motels that came after us are now falling apart structures that have not been operating motels for decades.  At Baker’s Motel we continually upgrade our property offering clean and comfortable accommodations for workers and travelers alike.  This year we opened our Newest addition to the property, Norwich Antiques and more which is an Antique and Gift shop for both guests and travelers.   Our hours are listed on our Facebook page and Google Listing

Historical Ohio Motel – Timeline of Ownership

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  • 1937 – 1963  The Baker family owned the motel along with the restaurant that use to be next door to the motel.
  • 1963 – 1973  General Theater Company out of Cleveland, Ohio owned the property, this company owned most of the drive ins in Ohio.
  • 1973 – 1980  Kim Zachary owned the property, he never updated the property just maintained it.
  • 1980 – Present  My family has owned the property and continues to run Baker’s today.  We continually update the property but maintain the original look and feel, today the motel consists of 53 rooms.


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