The Main House was built ca. 1886. The three outer houses were also built in the late 19th century.
A stay at Breeden Inn extends an opportunity to observe many well-preserved architectural delights, which are evident throughout the interiors and exteriors of each house. Features include stained, beveled and leaded glass, ornate tiled fireplaces with original iron fire backs and surrounds, and numerous original light fixtures, including a rare globed ceiling fan, made by the Century Fan Company and dated 1900. Another original fixture is Cupid, who adorns the newel post at the foot of the stairwell, lighting the way to guestrooms. A beautiful Venetian chandelier, bought on a trip to Italy was gifted to the Parks by a sister.
Between the four houses, the inn has twenty-two fireplaces, each uniquely different. The Main House wraparound porch has 36 stately columns with Ionic capitals. In the upstairs center hall, an arched beveled glass door with side beveled panels, leads to a small balcony.
The Main House dining room walls are of time seasoned six foot tiger oak wainscoting with dental and double grooved platter molding, to allow for the display of favorite dishes and glassware. The dining room floor has a metal plate that covers what used to be a bell pull used to summon cooks from the detached original kitchen.
The main floor has detailed oak wainscoting throughout the center hall. The stairwell is tiger oak as well. Both mentioned rooms and the stairwell have been untouched by the paintbrush. Large oak double pocket doors allow for privacy in the Music and Library Parlors. The Main House kitchen has 12” wide heart of pine flooring. Flooring in the Music and Breakfast Parlors has inlaid walnut around the perimeter of the rooms.
Ornate oak, pine and stain glass archways invite guests to enter and explore the houses, and explore is exactly what you will want to do. There is a lot to see. During the restoration of the three outer houses, the Parks added many interesting architectural details, including stain glass, glass transoms with wood surrounds, layered molding and period wainscoting.
Heart of pine wainscoting, ceilings and flooring are abundant in the outer guest houses. Eye catching architectural features are found in unexpected places in each house.
The grape clustered Century fan, dated 1900 (pictured above), has been in the home for over 100 years. By 1907, only 8% of America’s homes were wired for electricity. The Breeden Inn was among the 8%.