Branson House B&B

324 West Jackson Street, Petersburg, Illinois 62675
Innkeeper(s): John and Norma Stiltz
 
  • Introduction

    Cyntha/Lee Guest RoomThis large frame Eastlake Victorian, circa 1876, house stands at the top of what is known as "Brahm's Hill", and is located where once stood the home of Dr. and Mrs. John Allen, friends of Abraham Lincoln who moved to Petersburg, Illinois, from New Salem. A two-storied square pillared porch extends to the roof line. Behind the imposing facade lie an equally imposing series of rooms. This house boasts seven marble fireplaces, four downstairs and three in upstairs bedrooms, plus a magnificent wood sculptured fireplace in the main entry hallway. In the early 1950's an elevator was installed for effortless access to the second floor bedrooms. The house has been updated with central air and heating throughout.

    Branson House B&B features three guest rooms on the 2nd floor with queen size beds, private baths with hair dryers, and elevator access . The entire house has central heat and air. All rooms feature free wireless Internet access, cable TV, VCR/DVD, HBO, Encore and Cinemax. VCR and DVD movies are available free of charge.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to John and Norma Stiltz for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most stay because it is an old mansion and it was built near the Abe Lincoln sites, but not in a big city so it is quiet & safe.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our friendliness and that we love to just chat with our guests.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Number one reason is to see where Abe Lincoln lived before he went to the White House.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The best compliment you can get is a returning guest, and we get a lot of those.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Petersburg, IL was the first town/city Abe Lincoln ever surveyed, which he did in 1835.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    See all the Lincoln sites including the Presidential Museum & Library.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The historic downtown is just two blocks away.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We especially like the Chesapeake Seafood House which is about 25 minutes away.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    www.Visitmenardcounty.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We offer 4 guest rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets, but we do have modern kennel just minutes away. www.hilltopboardingkennel.com/

     

  • Breakfast and Snacks

    Cyntha/Lee Guest RoomA full breakfast is served in the main dining room from 8:00 to 10:00, and early morning coffee is available in the Butler's Pantry. Please let us know if you need a time to better fit your plans. In the hallway of the second floor you will find a microwave, popcorn, and a mini fridge stocked with soft drinks and bottled water.

  • Branson House History

    Cyntha/Lee Guest RoomVisit Where Lincoln spent his young adulthood, only a scenic 5 minute drive away!

    This large frame "Eastlake Victorian" home, built in 1876, stands at the top of what is known as "Brahm's Hill", and is located where once stood the home of Dr. and Mrs. John Allen, friends of Abraham Lincoln, who moved to Petersburg from New Salem. A two-story square pillared porch extends to the roof line. Behind the imposing facade lie an equally imposing series of rooms. This house boasts seven marble fireplaces, four downstairs and three in upstairs bedrooms plus a magnificent wood sculptured fireplace in the main entry hallway.

    In the early 1950's an elevator was installed for effortless access to the second floor bedrooms. The house has been updated with central air and heating throughout.

    Cyntha/Lee Guest RoomThe Honorable Nathaniel W. Branson, the builder of this beautiful home, was a native of Jacksonville, Illinois. Mr. Branson graduated from Illinois College in 1857 where he studied law and was admitted to the bar three years later. He came to Petersburg in 1860 where he met and married Miss Frances (Fanny) Regnier, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Regnier, from Petersburg, and former residents of New Salem. Mr. Branson was twice elected a member of the Illinois State Legislature and in 1876 was a delegate to the National Convention in Cincinnati which nominated Hayes and Wheeler for the presidency.

  • Area Website Links

    Lincoln's New SalemLincoln's New Salem - (Lincolns young adulthood home - 5 minutes away!)

    Lincoln's Tomb - (Oak Ridge Cemetary)

    Lincoln's Home - (Springfield, Ill. Prior to his presidency)

    Lincoln Presidential Library-Museum - (Don't miss this, just minutes away in Springfield) 

    "Country Hills Golf Course" - Greenview - (East of Petersburg - Go North on Tice Rd) 

    "Shambolee Golf Club" - Petersburg - (2 miles South of Petersburg) 

    Dana Thomas House - (Springfield, IL---Best preserved Frank Lloyd Wright House)

    Hill Prairie Winery - (Oakford, IL - 10 minutes away)

    Jim Edgars "Panther Creek"- (State Fish & Wildlife Area) 

    Illinois State Fair - (Just minutes away in Springfield) 

    Theatre in the Park - (Lincoln's New Salem, Petersburg, Ill. Drama, Comedy, Dance, Music)

    Knights Action Park - (Springfield, Ill - 25 minutes away)

  • Weddings

    Due to size of Branson House B&B, we can accomodate small weddings only (Less than 35 people).

 
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