place like home
in family for three generations
converted to an inn
Inn has ties to the American Civil War
Helen E. McKinney
NEW CASTLE, Ky. (December 2007) Colonial Hill
Inn Bed and Breakfast sits on a quiet back street in New Castle, Ky.
Surrounded by formal gardens full of vibrant pink crape myrtle, the
home has been in Tina Stambaughs family for three generations.
Her grandparents, James and Emmabelle Stambaugh, purchased the home
in 1933. Stambaugh in May 2006 converted two rooms of the house into
bed and breakfast suites. Stambaugh said that after she and her husband,
Steve Whitmer, had traveled and stayed in several bed and breakfasts,
the couple thought they would give it a try.
by Helen McKinney
Colonial Hill Inn Bed and
Breakfast is located in New Castle, Ky.
The house has been in the Stambaugh
family for three generations.
I enjoy meeting new people and I love to cook,
said Stambaugh, who acquired the home in 1993. Her two children, Ballard
and Rachel Metcalfe, pitch in to help also in the home, located three
blocks east of Hwy. 421 at 316 E. Cross Main St. in New Castle.
Colonial Hill Inn dates to circa 1830 and was built by New Orleans resident
Daniel P. Brannin when he moved to New Castle. Brannin had left New
Orleans to escape a yellow fever epidemic.
The 5,000-square-foot brick house sits on a relatively small tract of
land of only 28 acres. It is similar in style to My Old Kentucky
Home, said Stambaugh.
It was constructed in the Greek Revival style, with the doorways and
hallways reminiscent of Greek architecture. All 10 rooms of the home
measure 20x20 feet and contain fireplaces. The poplar floors are the
The No. 13 is used often in the architectural theme, she said. It was
a popular way to commemorate the 13 original colonies when the home
was built. All of the ceilings are 13 feet tall, the front hallway is
13 feet wide, and the walls and window panes are 13 inches wide.
The most notable owner was Edmond Kirby Smith, a Confederate general
who fought at the Battle of Perryville in 1862. A good friend of Confederate
Gen. Robert E. Lee, he operated a military academy on the grounds for
a few years, beginning in 1868.
After the Civil War, cholera spread through New Castle, and all of the
outbuildings had to be burned. Smith moved to Sewanee, Tenn., where
he later died.
Although there are no furnishings original to the home, it is filled
with antiques collected by Stambaughs grandparents over a 60-year
period. Her grandparents frequented estate auctions and antique stores
to furnish the two guest rooms, The Rose Room and The Ivy Room. Her
grandmother painted the artwork that lines the walls of the home and
stitched the needlepoint seat coverings.
Immediately upon entering the main hallway, guests will notice that
the walls are adorned with a beautiful scenic wallpaper. The paper was
imported by the Harvey Ellis family, who once owned the home. Stambaugh
had it restored in 2004 by professional historic wallpaper conservator
Jim Yates of Tennessee. He has restored wallpaper at the White House.
by Helen McKinney
cooks in the inns kitchen.
It is an original wooden block printed mural manufactured
by the Zuber wallpaper company of Paris. The design, known as Eldorado,
was hand printed using more than 1,500 wooden blocks.
Stambaughs goal in operating her bed and breakfast is to provide
more of a retreat. She places a welcome basket in each room, and
a gourmet breakfast that can be eaten in the formal dining room or on
the back porch of the home.
Her first guests were Denise and Dan Shaw of Floyds Knob, Ind.
Tina invited us, and we thought it was a great opportunity,
said Denise. The two women had been colleagues at Ivy Technical College.
It was lovely and our stay was very relaxing, Shaw said.
The antique bed in her room contained the softest sheets I ever
slept on in my life. Another plus was Stambaughs southern
hospitality that makes guests feel right at home.
Everything is home baked, she said. I try to use local
products from the Farmers Market. One of her gourmet breakfasts
might consist of fresh fruit, blueberry muffins, raspberry scones and
chocolate zucchini bread, topped with the guests choice of beverages.
The grounds can also be rented for weddings. We had a summer outdoor
wedding with over 200 guests, Stambaugh said. Dining room facilities
can be rented for receptions, rehearsal dinners or for special events.
Stambaugh said she tries to coordinate local events for guests, providing
them with information on the Smith-Berry Winery and the Highlands Renaissance
Festival and its facilities. She will even go so far as to provide a
shuttle to nearby attractions for guests.
Cost for renting a room at Colonial Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast is
$125 for Friday and Saturday, or $100 for Sunday through Thursday. Pricing
includes breakfast, and complimentary snacks and beverages.
For reservations contact Stambaugh at (502)
558-4504 or ColonialHillInn@aol.com or check out the B & Bs
website at http://colonialhillinn.zoomshare.com.
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