I have to be honest that I truly wasn’t interested in diving deep into the history until a few weeks ago. I have known for almost three years now; since I opened the doors of the Inn as the manager; that The Inn at Miles Wine Cellars is truly special with history and antiques all around me. Yes it is apparent when you walk through the door, but I truly can’t say that my eyes were opened to what a “gem” we have here.
I had this extraordinary couple stay at the Inn in Mid April. They were truly a delight, and during their stay I had an opportunity to chat with them a bit. What I did find out is that the gentleman is intrigued and loves history. He has such a passion for history that you truly can’t begin to start finding that some of that passion rubs off on you. During his stay we had a few different conversations about pieces throughout the Inn at Miles Wine Cellars. Two different pieces however kept coming to the forefront. So after they left I started to do a bit of research on my own time about these two pieces, and what I found was amazing.
I thought I would share this interesting historical information that truly makes the Inn at Miles Wine Cellars so unique to many of the Bed and Breakfast/Inn in the area.
When you first enter the Inn you will see this Grande Master Staircase. I am sorry to say that this is not original to the Rapalee Farm home. However, I am delighted to report that this piece came from the Langdon House. To many of you this means nothing, but Olivia Langdon Clemens was born into the Langdon family on November 27, 1845. She later married Samuel L. Clemens (A.K.A. Mark Twain) February 2, 1870.
Yes you heard correctly folks. The staircase actually belonged in the home of Jervis Langdon, father of Olivia Langdon Clemens and Father in law to Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain).
The Langdon’s were a very wealthy family that socialized with leading doctors, however they also participated in the Underground Railroad; which ties so perfectly into Miles Wine Cellars; as it also was part of the Underground Railroad.
Although this is an amazing piece of information I do have more!!!
When you step into the William J. Miles Suite you will see this beautiful wardrobe in the main room. It is gorgeous. Well this piece was actually Wyatt Earp’s wardrobe. Ok, again for those of you like me, the name sounds familiar but not familiar enough to catch your attention.
Wyatt Earp lived from 1848 until 1929. He moved from town to town in the west. Most times he earned a living either as a saloonkeeper, gambler, and gunslinger or frontier lawman. Most famously he is known for the gunfight in Tombstone, AZ in 1881. This was a fight where he took in The Clayton gang, some of the members actually were his brothers, although most of the members that fought with him only came out wounded this fight was so horrible that he left town and moved to California. He passed in 1929, and it was two years after his death that they made a number of movies and books from Wyatt Earp’s biography.
Pretty fascinating Right!!!
Well I am happy to report that we would love to share these stories and many other antiques and stories with you at the Inn at Miles Wine Cellars. Better yet, come down and take a tour if we don’t have guests or book a few night’s with us and experience all the history, mystery and beauty at the Inn at Miles Wine Cellars. I personally promise you won’t be disappointed!!!
Source: www.history.com, www.marktwainhouse.org