About Us

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at The Hammel House Inn.  As we invite you into our home and we meet your family, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to ours.

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Meet James (Jim) and Nancy Lester.


They married in January of 1965 in Michigan and went on to have two children together: James Jr. and Cheri. Jim worked in the automotive industry and Nancy in home health care. They were each advocates for family coming together and would be proud that we are sharing these wonderful home cooked meals the family grew up on.

Jim and Nancy both passed away in 2017, but their legacy lives on at The Hammel House. Take a look around and you'll be sure to find a picture of James and Nancy Lester. We miss them dearly.

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Meet Kevin and Cheri Douglas.


They married in December of 1998 in Michigan. Between the two of them they have 4 kids: Kristen, Corey, Kyle, and Melissa.

Kevin and Cheri were both born and raised in Michigan and worked in the automotive industry for many years. Cheri is a breast cancer survivor and has been in remission for 7 years. Kevin's job brought them to Ohio 5 years ago and they most recently took a leap of faith and decided to live their dream. They are co-owners of The Hammel House along with Cheri’s brother James (Jim) Jr.

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Meet Jim and Jenna Lester.


Jim was born in Columbus, Ohio but spent his childhood and most of his adult life in Michigan. Jim has worked a variety of jobs and is excited to utilize those skills as co-owner of The Hammel House along with Kevin and Cheri. Jenna attends

Waynesville High School and enjoys basketball and choir. She will also be working at the inn.