A history of the
The home at 271 Beach Street was
Erwin, an insurance businessman, in 1940. The original house had three
bedrooms, two baths and a detached single car garage. After the war it
was sold to a family who had moved to Ashland from Arkansas-a Colonel
Preston Ballard Waterbury. In the early 1950s the Trinity Episcopal
Church bought the house for its rectory and it was home for at least 4
rectors and their families. The Reverend John Thompson and his wife
Shirley had two children born while they lived here. The long time
neighbors remember that Reverend Thompson also made very good beer!
In the 1970s the house was painted
plum and green and became notoriously known as the purple house. Kay
Shauger bought the house in some disrepair in the late 1980s and began
the renovation process. Dale Swire bought it from Kay in 1989 to
convert it to a bed and breakfast which he named the Victory House. He
furnished it in 1940s style and included much military memorabilia. The
reading room was outfitted like a USO with a classic Seaburg jukebox.
Dale rented the two upstairs bedrooms who shared a bath, then he
converted the garage to owners quarters so as to add the downstairs
bedroom and bath to the bed and breakfast. He then added the deck to
serve breakfast during the summer and finally he added the annex.
Brian and Shirley Wallace bought
House in 1996 and began another major remake. They refurbished and
redecorated everything, converted the baths so they were all en suite,
remodeled the kitchen, added the owners quarters (Dale’s room has
become an office) and did major work in the garden. Since they are
British they renamed the house Ashland’s English Country Cottage.
We (mother and son team of Jan and
Grantham) bought The English Country Cottage in 2000 and (since we are
not British), renamed it Ashland's Tudor House. We added only the
paintings the first season.
Since then, Jan created quilts for
every room-eight handmade quilts in five years. We painted the common
rooms during the 2002-3 off season. Starting in November 2005 we
remodeled the owners' quarters extensively to accommodate Raliegh's new
family, Julie and Roxanne. In 2006, Raliegh and his friend Dan
demolished the old deck and rebuilt a bigger and better breakfast-room
deck. Most recently, in 2011, all the guest rooms got new paint
and new bathroom floors in three of them.