The Broadwell Inn
This drawing illustrates what the Inn likely looked like during the time that it was an operating Stagecoach stop. This summer 2012 the repointing and chimney repair was completed, and the balcony porches on the north and south sides of the Inn were rebuilt.
In May, 2009, volunteers, led by Jim Verkuilen, formed the Pleasant Plains Historical Society. Soon after, they began raising funds to acquire and restore the Clayville Historic Site. In June of 2009 a purchase agreement was reached and on July 11, 2009, work at the site began. Over 50 volunteers came and by lunch time, for the first time in over 10 years, the Broadwell Tavern was visible from the road. Over the next several weeks over a thousand scrub trees and shrubs were cleared away. Dumpster loads of trash were picked up and hauled away. Buildings were secured and new electic panels replaced old unsafe panels. On September 5th Clayville once again hosted an event open to the public, the 1st Annual Clayville Cruise-in. In spite of a light rain the car show attracted over 40 entries of classic cars, trucks, motorcyles, and antique tractors. For two weekends before Halloween the Historical Society hosted a haunted house that was attended by over 1500 guests. On December 12th thePleasant Plains Historical Society, Pleasant Plains Schools, and the Pleasant Plains Community Club hosted "A Clayville Christmas." Over 1000 people turned out on a cold rainy day to enjoy a wonderful Christmas celebration.
Vollunteers turned out not just one at a time but whole families came to be a part of the effort to reclaim our history.