Wesley, a CPA, was raised on a New Jersey farm where he established a love for both woodwork and hard work. He later moved with his family to Florida. In addition to inn keeping, he is the CFO for the county school system and has a private CPA practice office at the Inn. He is recognized locally as a visionary and enjoys the challenge of old house restoration and making interesting furniture pieces using period wood.
Bonnie is a third generation Floridian who has been cooking since age ten, and as a child, dreamed of someday owning a restaurant. Her interest in decorating was very wisely encouraged by her mother at age nine. By fifteen, an interest in antiques and vintage American and English dinnerware developed into what has since become a vast collection of collectibles and period pieces dating to the 1700s. A Master Gardener, with the assistance of the Inn’s gardener David, she is ever creating new resting spots throughout the grounds for guests to call their own.
Their love of restoration...In 1978, the Parks met. Their engagement period was spent completely restoring what became their first home. It was during this initial project that restoration got into their blood and appears to have remained. They have restored five houses since their marriage in 1979 and both enjoy the seemingly endless avenues a project of restoration encompasses.
In 1988, while on a three week vacation/search for an old treasure to restore, Wesley and Bonnie discovered the Inn for sale in the Real Estate Sampler section of Country Living Magazine. They purchased the Inn, Wesley sold his practice, Bonnie closed her antique shop, and they, along with their two children, moved from the West Coast of Florida into a world that would never be the same…the enriching world of innkeeping.
ENJOYING THEIR 20th YEAR AS INNKEEPERS! 2008 marks 20 years of welcoming guests from literally all over the world into their four homes. Their lives are deeply enriched on a daily basis by those who choose to rest their heads for a night, or two, or three, or more. A question once posed to their daughter Jenny Alyssa while a child says it all…When asked how she felt about having “strangers” in her home, she quickly replied, “Oh, they’re not strangers, they’re guests.” The Parks extend an invitation for folks to come to this restful place of lush gardens, Southern porches and quarters of comfort. “Let us spoil you with our Southern hospitality by lodging in historic downtown Bennettsville.”