A Bit of History and Much Charm
“In my tent last night, after a fatiguing day’s service, I remembered that I failed to send a contribution for our colored Sunday school. Enclosed you will find a check for that object, which please acknowledge at your earliest convenience and oblige yours faithfully.”
— General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson (1824-1863), from a letter to his pastor
The reason we chose the Mayhurst Inn was how lovely looks on its web page; also, it gets high marks on the travel web site TripAdvisor. The Inn exceeded all expectations. Innkeepers, husband and wife Jack and Pat (see photo #2), were helpful, friendly and accommodating. When they learned that I do not eat meat they served me breakfasts with soy substitutes for the meats.
On the 6th of August of 1862, General Stonewall Jackson spent the night in the guest room, the only bedchamber with a closet. Because in Virginia house doors were taxed, any room with a closet was meant to impress visitors. We slept in that very same guest room. It was clean and comfortable, bright and cheerful with its white and blue wallpaper (see photo #3).
Although the Inn offers the charms of a bygone era in its public areas and its eight guest rooms, with names such as the Magnolia Room, the Madison Room, and ours, the Southern Charm Room, it is firmly planted in the 21st century offering such modern services as high-speed Wi-Fi access.
The Inn is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places; and it is a Virginia Historic Landmark for its historic as well as its architectural merit. This antebellum mansion has an unusual oval-spiral staircase that rises between its four stories. Each morning we took our breakfast at the little round table at the bottom of the stairs (see photo #5). The Inn’s cupola, accessible to guests, offers sweeping views of the property. Situated on 37 acres of lawns, gardens, fields and old-growth forest, the Mayhurst Inn also has a peaceful pond on its grounds. We enjoyed a lush green view from our room’s windows (see photo #4).
In 1859, Colonel John Willis, a great nephew of President James Madison, was 50 years old when he built this magnificent 9,200-square-foot gem in the Victorian Italianate style for his family of eight children. Corn, cattle, hogs and horses were raised here. Fifty slaves worked the fields, and tended to the family’s needs. Colonel Willis had given generous support to the Confederate cause; now, he could not pay his property taxes. He lost his home and 1,700 of his 2,500 acres in 1868. A Northern carpetbagger, administering the county for the Federal government, bought the land and house. Willis is buried at nearby James Madison’s Montpelier. If you plan to visit Montpelier, the Inn offers discount tickets. The Mayhurst plantation hosted General Robert E. Lee and 18,000 Confederate troops; they pitched their tents on the plantation grounds during the winter of 1863-64.
Directions: The web site has excellent directions; also, when you make your reservations, directions will be included in your confirmation mailing.
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Address: 12460 Mayhurst Lane, Orange, Virginia, 22960, United States
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Amenities at Mayhurst Inn
- Continental Breakfast
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Free Parking
- Business Services
- Pets Allowed
- Free High Speed Internet
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