Named for its original owner, John Carmichael, this two-story log building was typical of its era in the 1800s - fulfilling a few purposes. It was a stagecoach stop between Nashville and Chattanooga, a residence, and a railroad inn. Of course, in those days things were much cozier. Guests ate with the Carmichael family. They also shared rooms with strangers to maximize the space. Today, the inn is prized for being one of the oldest structures in the area and also offers a fine dining experience.