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The Patriot Inn Bed & Breakfast: Olde Towne Portsmouth

I have not stayed at this B&B, but I thought it looked interesting, so I took it's picture. Their website says:

"The Patriot Inn is an architectural gem built in 1784, located in the Olde Towne Portsmouth historical district. The busy Elizabeth River waterfront is reflected in the hand blown window panes, just as it has been for over 200 years.... The brick English basement of the Patriot Inn dates back to the 1750s. At this time, the owner, Rev. John Agnew, was a colonist loyal to King George III. A colonist loyal to the king was commonly known as a Tory.

"General Cornwallis, whose headquarters were in Olde Towne Portsmouth, decided to relocate his troops to Yorktown and loaded them on boats in front of the Patriot Inn. During this time, General Charles Lee was in charge of the forces that burned this Tory home to the foundation as an example to colonists still loyal to the king."

"In 1784, The Patriot Inn was rebuilt, presumably by a "patriot" who was a skilled carpenter. The home still maintains many architectural features of this colonial craftsman, like the heart of pine wood floors, the main staircase, and the wonderfully carved mantles.

"The Patriot Inn has been owned by many important people in the history of Portsmouth. Some noteworthy owners were: Claudius W. Mardaugh, judge of the court of Hustings, John H. Gayle, a member of the State Legislature, and Arthur Emmerson, clerk of the Court of Hustings.

As the exterior of the home reflects colonial architechtural details, the interior is discreetly decorated offering interesting corners to relax and enjoy the tranquility that permeates this lovely old Inn. "

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Historical Travel, Road Trip, Architecture
  • Written August 5, 2004
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North Street side of the Patriot Inn

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