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out which ones are not original. The historical
aspect of the home is fascinating; when homes
this old are renovated, often times they're updated with modern techniques. Other than a
few small additions like air-conditioning and
heating units, and microwaves and televisions
(it is a B&B in 2017, after all), much of the
house remains just as it was so many years ago.
One of the most interesting pieces, if you
had to pick just one, is the clock in the front
hallway. This piece was actually built on the
property before the home, made by a cabinet
maker and gunsmith. Kept in a store in town,
it didn't burn in the fire. The piece eventually
made its way back to the Bowmans and still
works to this day.
"It has a nice, loud bell, so we turned it off
to prevent scaring the guests awake," Bobbie
The front door immediately catches your
attention, as it is larger than your average
door. The old-fashioned bell is original with
the house, too. As you step inside, local art
adorns the walls, including artwork of their
own family members or the house itself.
Off to the right is the first guest bedroom,
still decorated with Bobbie's grandmother's
wallpaper. There is even a picture of her in
the room. The only major change made to the
rooms was adding king beds. Because beds
were smaller so many years ago, Bobbie and
Mitch had to search for a simpler headboard
that might not necessarily be historically accurate, but still fit within the theme. An enormous armoire sits in the corner, hiding the
television and WiFi.
While the bathrooms are brand new, they
also have a piece of the home's history. Downstairs, the couple used part of the old porch to
extend the bathroom, creating an almost spalike experience with enormous walk-in shower.
Guests look up to see original brick walls that
were painted battleship gray long ago.
Upstairs, another large guest bedroom is
filled with books. By the stairs stands a unique
dinner bell, a family piece handed down over
the generations. The last room off the right is
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