The inn was
constructed in the Civil War era by James A. Brown, an attorney and a
graduate of West Virginia University. He fell in love with a beautiful
girl named Isabel who was from Baltimore. They were married and the
house was given to Isabel as a wedding gift from her loving husband.
they lived in the house for only one year. Isabel contracted smallpox
and soon died. James Brown became a Victorian mourner and would not
allow anything belonging to his lovely wife to be touched. Nothing was
to be changed or moved. Even her sewing remained as she left, needle in
cloth and thimble nearby.
Highlighting the exterior decoration
of the house was the roof; in large letters of light colored slate was
the word "home." Through the years and change of owners, this was
either removed or covered with new roofing. Much of the front part of
the home has been restored to its original nature. There are a total of
seven fireplaces in the inn, three downstairs and four upstairs. The
hearts and mantels have been refinished and restored to their original
condition. Guest sleeping rooms were added in 1948 as a new addition to
the inn. Also included in this large addition were the large kitchen
and dining room.
We are happy that you a re here and hope you
will enjoy your time with us in our historical surroundings. We will
strive to make your dining a pleasure and an experience that you will
Jean-Manuel & Deborah Guillot