One of the places of note in Colonial Beach is Bell House which was where Alexander Graham Bell spent his summers as a child. It is now a bed and breakfast and a Virginia Historic Landmark and National Historic Property.
It is an outstanding building on the waterfront (photo 5). We have not stayed here.
According to the website, the home was built in 1883 by Colonel J.O.P. Burnside, son of Civil War General Ambrose Burnside. The Colonel lost the house to the U. S. Government in a lawsuit over pay irregularities in the Union Army accounts.
Next it was owned by Alexander Graham Bell’s father and then Alexander himself. The home overlooks a wide expanse of the Potomac River.
* Check in time is four o’clock p.m. (or as mutually agreed upon).
* Wine and cheese or wine and hors d’oeuvres are served in the gathering room between five o’clock and six o’clock p.m.
* Check out time is on or before eleven o’clock a.m.
* All reservations include a full, hearty breakfast served from eight to nine o'clock a.m. each morning.
The Bell House offers four rooms, each with a private bath. Terry cloth robes, slippers, soothing oatmeal soaps, shampoo, and hair dryers and clock radios are provided during your stay. In Bertha's Arbor we also provide oils and bubble bath.
Each room is $125.35 for single occupancy and $141.70 for double occupancy, including all taxes.
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