The Davie School Inn

300 Freeman Street, Anna, Illinois 62906
Innkeeper(s): Gary and Andrea Dahmers
  • Located in Southern Illinois 20 minutes from SIU Carbondale, IL

    Located in Southern Illinois 20 minutes from SIU Carbondale, IL

  • Located Along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

    Located Along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

  • The Yellow Suite Bath

    The Yellow Suite Bath

  • The Yellow Suite Sleep 5 - Great for Girls Night Out

    The Yellow Suite Sleep 5 - Great for Girls Night Out

  • The White Suite

    The White Suite

  • The Purple Wine Suite

    The Purple Wine Suite

  • The Purple Wine Suite

    The Purple Wine Suite

  • The Orange Suite

    The Orange Suite

  • The Green Suite

    The Green Suite

  • The Gold Suite 1000sq ft Romance Suite

    The Gold Suite 1000sq ft Romance Suite

  • The Gold Suite Jacuzzi

    The Gold Suite Jacuzzi

  • The Brown Suite Bath

    The Brown Suite Bath

  • The Green Suite

    The Green Suite

  • The Green Suite

    The Green Suite

  • The Blue Suite

    The Blue Suite

  • Shawnee National Forest

    Shawnee National Forest

  • Award Winning Southern Illinois Wineries

    Award Winning Southern Illinois Wineries

  • Southern Illinois Vineyards

    Southern Illinois Vineyards

  • Southern Illinois Lodging Pink Suite

    Southern Illinois Lodging Pink Suite

  • Spa Tub in the Pink Suite

    Spa Tub in the Pink Suite

  • Purple Wine Suite

    Purple Wine Suite

  • Red Suite has a King and A Twin Bed

    Red Suite has a King and A Twin Bed

  • Brown Suite has 2 King Beds

    Brown Suite has 2 King Beds

  • Pink Suite is soo Romantic

    Pink Suite is soo Romantic

 
  • Introduction


    Welcome to The Davie School Inn

    Shawnee National Forest Awaits

    "A Unique Place To Stay"- Southern Illinoisan

    Enjoy Southern Illinois hospitality with a stay in one of our eleven spacious, 850+ square foot suites.  Accommodations centrally located between Carbondale, IL and Cape Giradeau, MO. The DAVIE SCHOOL INN features  King Beds, Private Bath with Shower and Jacuzzi Tub, Family, Romance, and Grils Nifht out Suites, with breakfast brought to your Suite.

    In Room Massage by appointment, Romance Packages, "Ladies Night Out", and Golf Packages available.  Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Antique Shops, 6 Different Golf Courses, Virticle Climbing School, Shawnee Forest, Cache River Basin, Metroplis Riverboat Casino, Restaurants with in walking distance and Shopping are nearby.

     

     

    Located on quiet Freeman Street, the Davie School Inn provides a peaceful stay in one of Anna's oldest historic buildings. Antique furniture can be found throughout every suite adding to the feeling that you just took a step back into time. The Inn offers a truly luxurious and relaxing environment for a couple's getaway or the whole family.

    Breakfast at the inn is Served in your suite at the time you choose. You can wake up and have your own coffee however early you like it because there is a coffee pot in your suite!! Use our great coffee or bring your favorite from home. Stay in your pajamas while you enjoy a country breakfast made by Gary the innkeeper extrodinair!! He serves basically whatever you like. Some examples are Biscuits and Gravy, Western Omlet, Blueberry Pancakes, Quiche, Fruit if the season, and much more!! If you think of something special you would like to have just ask, we are here to serve you!!!

     

  • Guest Comments

    “Great Anniversary Retreat”
    Reviewed July 23, 2012


    We were looking for a short getaway instead of long week vacation and decided that a winery tour would be something different for an experience. After looking around for lodging we decided that we would do the tried and true option of a B&B. We feel that no matter what B&Bs are much better than the hotel/motel option. We stumbled across the Davie School website and was excited about the potential for a stay in an old school house. The pictures on the web didnt leave anything for thought...spot on. The cost was well worth the stay. We were lucky enough to get a room on the Memorial Holiday weekend, and man did we enjoy it. The hospitality, food, and atmosphere were top notch. We will definitly come back and have alreay suggested it as a stop for others looking for a small getaway!

    “Satisfied Guests!!”
    Reviewed July 22, 2012


    My husband and I were looking for a short get away and after finding the Davie School Inn on TripAdvisor, decided to give it a try. Boy, were we glad that we did! We've just returned home from a wonderful stay there in The Gold Suite. We were greeted on arrival by the owner, Gary, who has restored the old school into suites with unique, comfortable furnishings while keeping in mind the history of the building. Gary also cooks your breakfast - we had vege omelets, fresh peach french toast, sausage, bacon, pastries, fruit - and delivers it to your room. And it was good to the last bite! He's also a great area guide giving us helpful suggestions for places to go, things to do and some yummy restaurants. Before we left, he gave us a tour of the school showing us some of the other suites, and we're already looking forward to a return visit! We've stayed in several bed and breakfasts in the past, but this was our fav by a longshot!

    “First time B&B”
    Reviewed June 12, 2012


    We originally planned to stay at one of the wineries, but were unsuccessful, as we were booking only about a week in advance. Luckily, one of the other B&B owners suggested the Davie School Inn, and somehow they still had a room.

    We stayed in the White Room for two nights, and it was fantastic. We never heard, or saw really, any of the other lodgers. The breakfasts were delicious (the french toast melts in your mouth), and the owners were extremely helpful. The B&B is close to the multiple wineries in the area, as well as the Tunnel Hill Trail, which is a great ride.

    We highly recommend it, and are already looking for reasons to go back to, or through, southern IL!

    “The best”
    Reviewed June 11, 2012


    Nice large room perfect for my 2 daughters, my wife and I. Comfy beds, nice whirlpool bath, and they kept the chalkboards and some of the school books to keep the feel of the school. Then, of course, there are the AWESOME breakfasts. Strawberry crepes, homemade french toast. An altogether great experience!

    “Best Bed and Breakfast EVER!”
    Reviewed June 6, 2012

    LOVED the Davie School Inn. We were on a 10 day, 3221 mile bike trip from AL up through Canada and back with 3 other couples. Our last night was at the Davie School Inn on the way back home. It was my favorite place of all the great places where we stayed. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your hospitality and especially for that FABULOUS breakfast! We talked about how accommodating you were, Gary. We only had to ride 486 miles today to get back home - LOL! It was worth it. Hopefully we can come again soon. I can't stop singing your praises! I'm also glad that I found you on FB. My husband, Dan, and I were booked for the red room and it was unbelievable, But when we arrived, we found that all 4 couples could stay on the top floor if we wanted to move to the orange room, so we did. It was fabulous, too. You thought of everything! The nice soaps, shampoos, thick luxurious towels, snacks.....I could go on and on! Oh! Did I mention all the electrical outlets? There are usually never enough in hotels or other B and B's for phone chargers, laptops, etc. And, the lighting in the room? Wonderful! Lighting is usually a problem, too. Always so dim and hard to see to do what you need to do. But, not at the Davie School Inn! Neither us, nor the 3 other couples had even one minor complaint or inconvenience. Gary was so accommodating to serve us an early (and delicious!) breakfast so that we could get an early start and he also served it on our floor right outside our rooms so that we all could eat together. We had the best time "visiting" with each other in our huge rooms and just hanging out. I just hate that we only had one night there! Hope to come back soon. 486 miles from our home in Alabama? Not a problem when the accommodations are as nice and the innkeeper as kind as the Davie School Inn. LOVED our stay! Thanks again!

    “Amazing Suites and Fabulous Innkeepers!”
    Reviewed May 5, 2012


    I can't rave enough about the Davie School Inn! I am most impressed by the personal attention to details about my stay. Gary, the Innkeeper, gave great suggestions for meals, wineries, and scenery. The rooms are always clean and neat. I have visited this Inn 10+ times, and I will continue to return to this amazing place!

    “Best First Visit”
    Reviewed May 4, 2012


    The Davie School Inn was all that I was promised. Many of my friends have been and loved it so I decided to try it myself. I was not dissapointed! The breakfast was to die for. It is worth the trip!

    “Best of the Best!”
    Reviewed March 4, 2012


    The Davie School Inn was one of the best bed and breakfasts we have stayed in yet. It was originally an old elementary school and revamped quite beautifully! The owner Gary was very informative on things to do in the area. The rooms were spotless and very cute and cozy. The beds and pillows are so soft and comfortable. I know the suite we stayed in particularly was very spacious and had a jet tub. All the rooms have their own private baths. The next morning you will get one of the most delicious breakfasts around. We were so well pleased that we are considering coming back this summer! This place was well worth the price and then some. I will include a few pics below of how cute the room was decorated as well!

  • Area Information

    During your get away you can also enjoy the Anna Park , picnic area, tennis courts, baseball fields, golf course, jogging tracks and a fishing pond (Illinois license required to fish) all a short walk from the back door.

    Downtown Anna is also a short walk from the Inn. Visit unique shops, antique stores, and dinning.

    For those who wish to experience more of Southern Illinois' excellent Tunnel Hill Bike Trail, hiking, boating and historic ventures. You can find it all within a 20 minute drive. Visit the historic buildings of Anna and the surrounding area: Stinson Memorial Library, the Lincoln-Douglas Square in Jonesboro, Illinois, Kornthal Church, the Bald Knob Cross and many more.

    Take a hike at any at any of the scenic areas: Shawnee Hills State Forest, Draper's Bluff, La Rue Pine Hills, Little Grand Canyon, the Pomona Natural Bridge, Giant City State Park and many more. Take a tour of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and experience the award winning wines of: Alto Vineyards, Pomona Winery, Von Jakob Vineyard, Inheritance Valley, Blue Sky Vineyard, Kite Hill Vineyards, and Owl Creek. In addition, there are orchard tours, Flamms Orchard and Rendelman Orchard just to name a cuouple.  Antique shopping and local dinning that are sure to make your stay a memorable one.

    Local Vineyards and Wineries - Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
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    Alto Vineyards  
    -- Bella Terra Winery
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    Blue Sky Vineyards
    -- Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery
    -- Hedman Orchard & Vineyard
    -- Inheritance Valley
    -- Kite Hill Vineyard
    -- Owl Creek Winery & Vineyard
    -- Pomona Winery
    -- Rustle Hill Winery
    -- StarView Vineyards
    -- Von JaKobs

    Tourism Guides and Events
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    Southern Illinois Tourism Bureau
    -- Union County Chamber Of Commerce
    -- Southern Illinois Tourist Guide
    -- Illinois Department of Natural Resources
    -- Carbondale Now
    -- Union County Conservation Area
    -- Cache River Basin

    Cycling
    -- Tunnel Hill Bike Trail
    -- Tunnel Hill State Trail
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    American Trails

    Baseball
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    Southern Illinois Miners
    -- Frontier League

    Golf
    -- Southern Illinois Golf Trail

    Rock Climbing
    -- Vertical Heartland Rock Climbing School

    Orchards
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    Rendleman Orchards
    Open June through December; enjoy the market jams, jellies and gifts as well as the apples, peaches and nectarines

    -- Flamm Orchards
    Known not only for its orchards but also the Fruits & Cream stand.

    -- Hedman Orchard & Vineyard
    Built in 1880 this fruit farm specializes in peaches, nectarines and grapes

  • About Davie School

    The Davie SchoolWinstead Davie
    During the year 1853, Winstead Davie, who owned most of the land which is now the site of the City of Anna and Col. Lewis W. Ashley, Division Engineer, who had come into possession of a portion of the same tract, determined to lay out a town at this point. The proper surveys were made by Francis H. Brown, the County Surveyor, and lots were laid out on both sides of Main Street and the railroad. Mr. Davie decided to name the town in honor of his beloved wife Anna and under this name the plat was entered upon the county records on March 3, 1854.

    1949 Davie School - 1st Grade - Photo submitted by: Joyce Fear BellPublic Schools
    The city of Anna has ever been justly proud of her public schools. The first schoolhouse, built in 1854, on the corner of Franklin and Monroe Street, was destroyed by fire. The city then built the frame schoolhouse on Lot 28, donated by Winstead Davie, and adjoining the fair grounds around 1860. In this building, the youth of the city were educated, from 1860 to 1870, under the instruction of Mr. Young, Mr. Congor, William Cochran, E. Babcock, J. M. Brisbin, John Green, C. L. Brooks, H. Andrews, A. Inman, W. H. Hubbell and J. H. Sanborn. In 1869 the city felt the need for a new building and larger accommodations. The district directors C. W. Wilcox, Cyrus Shick and L. P. Wilcox, issued bonds as needed, an elegant three-story brick edifice on Lot 23 in the northwestern part of town, was built at a total cost of $22,500 including furniture.

    On Wednesday, January 5, 1870, the children were moved from the small frame building before mentioned, where the total enrollment was 126 pupils, to the new house, where the number was increased to 237 pupils, with J. H. Sanborn as Principal in charge.

    The building served as a public school until it was closed in 1996 and sat empty until it was bought by Gary and Andrea Dahmer (present owners) in 2002. The Dahmer's have spent many hours in a combination of restoring and remodeling to created an Inn with all the modern conveniences yet still leave the atmosphere of the old school house. Each room still has an original chalk board and book case. The original hardwood floors still show ruminants of where the student desks left their marks. Each room also has a whirlpool tub and air conditioning, not something you would find in a grade school class room.

  • Directions

    *NOTE* when using MapQuest or Yahoo map or any other driving directions, FAIRGROUND Street is an ALLEY and is NOT MARKED!!! you will need to turn on Jefferson Street or on Davie Street

    Directions from Carbondale

    • Take Route 51 South to Anna
    • Turn Right (West) onto Route 146 you will come to Anna, IL.
    • After the 3rd set of traffic light you will pass (on your left) a McDonald's, Sonic, and a Police Station.
    • Just past the Police Station you will need to turn Left onto Market Street (just opposite the Casey's General Store).
    • After crossing a set of railroad tracks you will come to a "T" (Davie Street).
    • Turn Right onto Davie for 2 blocks and you will come to Freeman Street.
    • Turn Left onto Freeman for 2 blocks to the Davie School Inn on your left.

    Directions from Cape Girardeau:

    • Cross the (only) bridge into Illinois.
    • Upon entering Illinois you will be on Route 146.
    • In 3 miles Route 146 will come to a "T" and turn left.
    • In Approximately 12 miles Route 146 turns right.
    • In 8 miles you will come to the Jonesboro, IL Square, featuring a water fountain in the center.
    • Continue driving East 2 miles until you come to the first set of traffic lights (Jefferson Street) in Anna, IL
    • Turn Right onto Jefferson continue South 2 blocks to a 4-way stop (Freeman Street).
    • Turn Left onto Freeman and continue for 2 blocks to the Davie School Inn on your Right.

    Directions from I-57 North

    • Exit 36 will bring you to Route 146
    • Turn Right (West) onto Route 146
    • In Approximately 6 miles you will come to Anna, IL.
    • After the 3rd set of traffic light you will pass (on your left) a McDonald's, Sonic, and a Police Station.
    • Just past the Police Station you will need to turn Left onto Market Street (just opposite the Casey's General Store).
    • After crossing a set of railroad tracks you will come to a "T" (Davie Street).
    • Turn Right onto Davie for 2 blocks and you will come to Freeman Street.
    • Turn Left onto Freeman for 2 blocks to the the Davie School Inn on your left.
 
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