The Oakwood Inn


Bed & Breakfast

Raleigh, North Carolina



Oakwood Inn B&B, Raleigh, Dining Room


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Raynor-Stronach House, built in 1871. It is one of the four surviving homes of the 11 original homes that started the Oakwood Neighborhood, now the Historic Oakwood District, the 19th century Raleigh neighborhood which gives the Inn its name.


A. B. Stronach was one of the sons of W. Stronach, a stone cutter from Scotland who came to Raleigh to help build the capitol building.  A. B. and his brother W. C. were grocers.  The home remained in the Stronach family until the early 1940's when the home was sold to John W. Woodard.  Mr. Woodard owned the home until 1984.

The Raynor-Stronach home was converted into Wake County and Raleigh's First Bed & Breakfast, opening on June 1, 1984. 

The Inn has been decorated with period antiques which allows guests to enjoy the romance of the Victorian era without giving up the comforts of modern conveniences.

Below are some of the many of the things we do at the Oakwood Inn B & B to help preserve our natural resources:

Participates in the city recycling program.

Encourages guests to participate by using the same towels and sheets when staying for more than one night. We use a front load high efficiency wash machine to reduce water usage.

The showers have low flow shower heads.

¨Fireplaces are turned off from April to November to save fossil fuels.

Programmable thermostats are used for all heating and cooling. The furnaces are high efficiency.

Plastic shopping bags are reused or recycled. Cloth shopping bags are also used.

Local produce and foods are used.

Guests are encouraged to walk or use a bicycle rickshaw when going to downtown restaurants, attractions, and interests.

Guests are also encouraged to use the free, R-line shuttle bus service that is provided by hybrid busses.

Newspapers are shared and then recycled rather than supply duplicate copies for each guest.



   A. B. Stronach Oakwood Inn B&B, Raleigh, AB Stronach, historical owner    Mary Augustine StronachOakwood Inn B&B, Raleigh, Mary Stronach, historical owner