This year is the 15th anniversary of the Dominion House B&B. Where does the time go? We did not know what to expect when we opened but has been an adventure and a lot of fun. We have met wonderful people from all over the world. We started going to B&B’s ourselves when our children graduated college. It was a experience we enjoyed and continued, looking for B&B’s when we traveled. As time went on we talked about what a great B&B our home would make. Friends of our encouraged us since they were opening one in a nearby town. We were out in the country and did not understand how our guests would find us. Of course they said ” the internet”. Fifteen year ago I think we had dial up and did not understand the whole internet revolution. We still struggle today since things change so fast. Our home was built in 1880 and has all the original charm of that era. The Strong family built the house and did not sell it until the early forty’s. It was sold with most of the original furnishings which we still have today. It was owned by two families in the forty’s and then Joe’s parent bought it 1952. We were told the house was used as a boarding house in the forty’s so maybe this is not the first time there has been a anniversary for receiving guests. The house is very well preserved.
Our guests enjoy all the original features, such as plaster cornices, ornate medallions , high ceilings, wide plank floors and marble mantels. The main parlor has an original Eastlake Victorian parlor set and a Chickering square grand piano from 1873. The bedrooms in the main house, all have bedrooms sets that were also left with the house. Having a B&B has brought us some unique experiences. In 2006 we were featured on an HGTV program called ” If Walls Could Talk”. They did what they called an appaisel episode because of all the antiques in the house. Most times someone buys an old building and finds something they didn’t know about but with us everything was in plain site. The most treasured are the field drawings from when the house was built. They are remarkable for they had no computers at the time. They had to be all hand drawn. In 2012 we were used for a movie shoot for ” The Happy House”. It was a dark comedy about a young couple visiting a B&B for a weekend to reconnect. Things go awry right for the beginning. The production took over the house for 2 1/2 weeks. It truly was a fun and stressful time. The amount of equipment they need is just mind blowing. We were lucky the David [writer and director] and Judith [ the producer] were such great people. They were so considerate of respecting our property and leaving it as they found it. We have heard not all movie crews are like that. Recently we had another short film shoot and a few fashion shoots also. All being interesting experiences. We have so many guests who say their dream is to own a B&B. Just be prepared for as much as we enjoy it , it is also a lot of work. We figure to keep the house we always have work to do on it anyway so we let it earn it’s own way. We hope all guests enjoy there time here. We know we enjoy meeting guests and getting to know them. We have a couple that have come back every year for their anniversary which they celebrated 12 years last year and now they bring their two boys with them.