A B&B Hotel with a Historic Past
This is a very special home, built in 1836 of pre-cut materials and architectural details hand-crafted in Cincinnati and floated down the Mississippi River. It is one of four on the north side of Washington Street, built by developer E.P. Fourniquet – an industrious French gentleman who also built Green Leaves across the street in 1838 in much the same way. You might consider these to be some of America’s earliest “pre-fab” houses! All share similar mantels, staircase designs, doors, and moldings. If you get a chance walk down the street and you will see them on your right… each one standing three stories tall but with its own individual distinction and character.
GardenSong was greatly enlarged from its original four rooms (two up and two down) by subsequent owners. About 1890 Mrs. Sam Abbott added a one-story dining room and kitchen wing along with bay windows salvaged from an old house called Sunnyside that had burned on the north side of town. Years later, Dr. Robert Barnes and his wife, Dr. Bettina Barnes, further enlarged the home and gardens into what we enjoy today. While digging in the side yard of the home in the 1960s, they discovered the old brick foundations of the original formal garden, and this became the inspiration behind the parterre garden and Venetian fountain on the east side of the house.