Visit to The White House Inn – June 9, 2014
Built in 1915 as a summer home by lumber baron Martin Brown, this Victorian-style mansion has been a country inn since 1965. The architectural detail is stunning and includes large elegant rooms, lots of fireplaces and a hidden staircase behind one of the built-in china cabinets. The ghostly Grande dame – Mrs. Lumber Baron, Clara Brown – continues to run the house as she sees fit, reportedly moving furniture, opening or closing doors, turning on radios, appearing and even speaking to guests and staff alike. Mrs. Brown must have been a formidable woman, because she certainly has an ambitious spirit.
Dinner was delicious and the service spectacular. From the Vermont Mezze (Chef’s daily choice of nibbles) to the creamy coconut lemongrass ice cream, nothing disappointed. The mezze plate included grilled pita points with a white bean dip, kalamata olives and a fresh tomato, basil and mozzarella salad drizzled with balsamic reduction – crazy good. For the main course, the lemon-herb Spring Chicken came with pretty much the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever eaten and some just tender-crisp veggies. Added to that was a chilled glass of wine and I was a very happy girl.
After dinner, we lucked into a tour of the manor, including several guests rooms, the hidden stairway and the basement. We didn’t see Mrs. Brown, but did catch a glimpse of her reported handiwork. Upon entering one of the guest rooms, we saw a small couch clearly out of place, positioned at an awkward angle to the wall. According to the manager (hi Jill!), she observed the couch in its usual place that morning and no one had been in the room since that time… most chilling.
My partner-in-crime on this excursion and I have decided to go back to the Inn for an overnight stay later this summer. About once a month or so, the Inn hosts a psychic medium to give individual and group readings to guests. From what we are told, the medium, Jeannine Bakriges, is amazing. Sounds like fun – we’ll be planning accordingly. The next event is Saturday June 21, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Details are on the Inn’s website.
It’s safe to say that this place offers the “full package” for the ghost-seeking gourmand. You can find The White House Inn at:
178 East Main Street (Route 9)
Wilmington, VT 05363
Phone: (866) 774-2135
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