Luxurious lodging

Former Beall home now open
to public as bed and breakfast

Snyders buy, renovate historic home on Main Street

By Michella M. Marino
Contributing Writer

(February 2007) – Sam and Lori Snyder, formerly of Redding, Pa., were on a search for the perfect home to house a bed and breakfast upon their retirement. They had plans to look at residences in Asheville, N.C., and in Louisville, Ky., but they never made it that far.

Sam and Lori Snyder

Photos by Michella Marino

Sam and Lori Snyder pose in their
newly decorated bed and breakfast,
which offers lodging on Main Street.

A friend of the Snyder’s had visited Madison, Ind., on a Delta Queen riverboat trip and recommended that the couple visit the quaint town. Sam had viewed the for-sale Beall home at 620 W. Main St. on a real estate website, and once the Snyders visited the town and the Beall home in person, they never ventured to Asheville or Louisville. The couple fell in love with the local Madison community and has recently opened the Hendricks-Beall Home Bed and Breakfast at the aforementioned address.
Both of the Snyders have worked in the social service field, but Sam has retired after 27 years in the field. Lori still works full time at Sandstone Industries and part time at King’s Daughters’ Hospital & Health Services. They pondered opening a bed and breakfast for about a year before actually establishing one.
The 4,000-square-foot Hendricks-Beall Home was built between 1848-1858 and is credited with having the famous Francis Costigan design on the rod-iron around the home. The Snyders believe the architect who worked on the courthouse also worked on their home.
The Hendricks family was the first owner of the home with several other owners between the Hendricks and the Beall family, who purchased the house about 40 years ago. The Snyders bought the home on May 15, 2006, with Lori moving in less than a month later to begin refurbishing it for their bed and breakfast purposes. Sam arrived in Madison with the couple’s furniture in September, and the bed and breakfast officially opened Oct. 12, 2006. Since then, the Snyders have hosted 34 couples from as far away as Belgium and from states such as Massachusetts, Alabama and Florida.
The Snyders did not have to make many structural changes to the home to convert it to a bed and breakfast. “We mostly redecorated because, structurally, it was in good condition,” Sam said.
“We provide a relaxed Victorian atmosphere with a mixed collection of furnishings and not just antiques,” Sam said.

Hendricks Beall House
Inside the Hendricks Beall Home

The home is a mix of modern and old, which guests describe as “a warm, inviting, interesting and elegant bed and breakfast” in their written comments.
The bed and breakfast was recently featured on the Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes, which the Snyders described as “an extremely positive experience.” The tour is operated annually by the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in late November and early December.
Since the home had been closed to the public for 40 years, the new owners thought it was a perfect opportunity to let the public become acquainted with it. “We had an excellent turnout and generated $1,000 of gift certificate sales for Christmas time,” Lori said.
The Snyders said the tourism bureau was “very supportive,” and that they were honored to work with the local tour guides. The couple also met many wonderful people touring the homes, which was important to them.
The Snyders say they love the atmosphere of Madison, the local businesses and the fact that they can walk everywhere.
Judy George, owner of The Attic Coffee Mill Café at 631 W. Main St., and longtime friend of the former owners of the home, said she is excited that the Beall house has been purchased by the Snyders.
She is glad the local community and tourists will be able to experience the beautiful historic home. “The Hendricks-Beall Bed and Breakfast will add more charm to Madison’s downtown area now that the public can enjoy the gorgeous home along with the Snyders,” George said.
The rates at the Hendricks-Beall Home Bed and Breakfast run in the $100 range, but a Winter Special is currently available for $85 per night, which includes a full breakfast. Sam also plays the piano nightly for guests as well as offering complimentary refreshments. Special packages are available along with reservations for small meetings and other gatherings.
Beginning Feb. 1, the Snyders will hold private Victorian Teas from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. by reservations only. Cost is $12 per person and will include tea, finger sandwiches and desserts.

• For more information on rates, availability, and information, call (812) 273-8430 or visit the Internet website: www.hbeallhome.com.

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