The Roanoker September/October 2017 - 29
THE ROANOKER HOMES 2017
25 East Main B&B is unlike any other place you've stayed, most notably for the
history, but also due to the kind owners who are excited to make your stay in
historic Fincastle memorable.
BY LIZ LONG | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIANNE RAINONE
obbie and Mitch Bowman didn't plan to turn their family home into a
popular B&B, but a year after starting the venture, they're glad to share a
piece of history with their guests.
The home, now known as 25 East Main B&B, is a Victorian home with New Orleans
influence. Bobbie's grandparents bought the home in 1940, living there for nearly 40 years.
Bobbie's father was only 10 years old when he moved into the home, the first house in Fincastle with a flushing toilet. At the time, it had cisterns because of its limestone base. Bobbie
then grew up in the house and has all her Christmas memories there. She remembers when
she and Mitch were dating, she showed him the house and explained her love for it. Now
they have lived there for 40 years, with Bobbie's parents living next door.
Mitch, a former principal of W.E. Cundiff and department chair at Hollins, is originally
from Franklin County and is quite a history buff. Bobbie loved teaching kindergarten through
seventh grade, as well as special education, eventually doing remediation for seven years after
Facing page: Antiques
are all part of this B&B's
Right: The Bowmans enjoy
a relaxing spot in their
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 | 29