Where to stay when visiting the Little Levels
When visiting a place with a rich history, it only seems right to seek lodging at a place that is part of that history.
When visiting the Little Levels area, itﾒs hard to turn a corner without finding a piece of history standing before you.
Places like The Hillsboro House Bed and Breakfast and The Humming Bird House offer a unique and refreshing experience for those looking for more than a just place to sleep.
The Hillsboro House Bed and Breakfast
When Leah and Eugene Burford bought The Hillsboro House to renovate in 1999, they found themselves facing a daunting task. The house had spent many years vacant waiting for the right people to come along and spruce it up.
Built in 1891, the house began its life as a hotel, The Holtz House, so it only seemed fitting to resurrect those lodging bones and turn the place into a bed and breakfast.
ﾓThe house had been empty probably six or eight years, so it took us two years to get it ready for a bed and breakfast,ﾔ Leah said. ﾓIt was a mess.ﾔ
The couple chose to use the house as a B&B because Leah earned an associateﾒs degree in lodging while they lived in Lewisburg.
Utilizing her knowledge and the historic house, they began renting in 2001.
Although the house was completely empty, the Burfords tried to incorporate many old pieces in the decor to keep a historic look.
ﾓEverything you see is either from antique stores, auctions or yard sales,ﾔ Leah said.
In the main house, there are three rooms, complete with antique furniture and decorations. The Burfords also put a room in the smokehouse that is attached to the house. It has a private bath as well as two beds.
The first floor of the house has a large parlor, living room, dining room, kitchen and full bath. Guests are welcome to use all parts of the house.
The Burfords stay true to the name of bed and breakfast and offer a full-sized, stick to your ribs breakfast every morning.
Located on Main Street in Hillsboro, the B&B has easy access to the Greenbrier River Trail and the river.
For more information or to make reservations, visit www.hillsborobb.com or call 304-653-4895.
The Humming Bird House
The Humming Bird House is more than a home to rent for those visiting Seebert and surrounding areas. It is a constant reminder of the love and life of Mildred Jones-Slaven.
ﾓWe loved Mildred to death, she was just like part of the family,ﾔ co-owner Laura Birchfield said. ﾓShe was always scared that someone would buy the house and tear it down. Once it went onto the market, 15 minutes later, we put a down payment on it and 30 days later, it was ours.ﾔ
Birchfield lived beside Slaven and wanted to honor her memory by using the house instead of tearing it down.
The house was built by Slavenﾒs grandfather in 1905, and she lived there until her death in 2002.
Once Birchfield begins telling stories, it quickly becomes apparent Slaven was a grandmother to everyone in Seebert. Having no children of her own, she would invite neighborhood children to her house and to play in the yard across from her house.
The Jones family was a large part of the Seebert community. Slavensﾒs Father Macon B. Jones was postmaster from 1914 to 1922. Mildred followed suit in 1944 and was the postmaster until the post office closed in the late 70s.
Along with owning the house, Birchfield owns the former post office and the parcel of land across from the house.
Birchfield and her husband, Daniel, refurbished the home into a two bedroom lodge with two full baths, kitchen, spacious dining room and living room, and a laundry room.
In keeping with the hospitality Slaven showed the town of Seebert, the Birchfields welcome guests with open arms as if they are family. And, if youﾒre staying at the house in the right season, you may end up with some fresh vegetables from their garden.
The house, which was named for Slavenﾒs love of hummingbirds, sleeps 10 but, with air mattresses, can sleep up to 15 guests. The Greenbrier River Trail and river are in view from the front porch and are within walking distance.
For more information or to make reservations, visit www.vacationhomerentalscom #44270 or call 304-653-4818 or 304-646-8807.