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After renovation, Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles to welcome back guests

On Thursday morning, the Sherwood Inn was a flurry of activity. Saws whirred away on carpentry tables, a crane brought drywall up through a third-floor window and workers moved furniture all through the building — all to get what staff described as “the living room of Skaneateles” ready for Friday lunch after its first major renovation in years.

“We are literally working to the last minute,” restaurant manager Nancy Canny said.

Construction crews and Sherwood staff have been hard at work since late February — although planning began in August — to complete a renovation of the inn that’s welcomed guests since 1807, including a redesign of the lobby and a complete rebuild of several guest rooms.

As proof of the inn’s long history, Jason Armijo, part of the crew of longtime Sherwood contractor David Lee & Co., found a floorboard in the staircase signed by John Packwood, the property’s owner from the end of the Civil War to 1874.

David Lee and his team have been working on the Sherwood since about 1983, he said, joking that at this point, he’s renovated some of his own renovations.

“But it all has the same look and feel,” Lee said.

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