The Olde Stone House Bed & Breakfast
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The Olde Stone House Bed & Breakfast is a two story Greek Revival style residence constructed with cut sandstone quarried from a nearby stone quarry. John C. Price bought this property in 1820 and built the original 1 1/2 story stone cabin in 1825. He lived here until 1835 when he sold the property to Samuel Lewis for $2,000. In 1837 the main part of the house was added onto the cabin. It is on The National Register of Historic Places as the Samuel Lewis House. Lewis is significant as one of the first settlers in this area, arriving in 1809. He initially settled in nearby Worthington Township where he built a blockhouse for protection of settlers during the War of 1812. The following year Lewis cut six miles of the road from Mansfield to Ashland out of the dense forest. He also was one of several men who laid out the town of Mifflin, then known as Petersburg.
In 1851 the property was sold to Stephen Balliet, whose family continued to own the property until 1926. The Balliets were prominent farmers and were well known throughout the area for many years. The house is the largest and best preserved pre-Civil War sandstone house in Richland County. The Lewis House is situated on approximately ten acres in a secluded grove only two and one half miles from the square of Mansfield and provides a rare and complimentary rural setting. It was once an early inn along the first stagecoach road between Mansfield and Wooster. Early pioneers to Richland County used this route. Abandonment of this hilly road in favor of a route further south in the late 19th century has allowed the property to remain free from development.We are a full-service bed and breakfast that can also accommodate the following:Outdoor Weddings ~ Scrapbooking Weekends ~ Small Gatherings & Meetings ~ Missionary/Ministry Retreat
Common Areas & Amenities
- Kitchen/Dining Room
- The Lounge
- The Fireside Room
- Side Porch
- Deck/Pool and Patio
- Beautiful Grounds
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Bruce & Karen Beck for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Ohio State Reformatory for tours and ghost hunts. There are almost countless reasons that bring people to the area but the predominate single attraction seems to be the Reformatory/Prison.
What are you best known for?
Historical Stone Home
What makes your inn unique?
What do you love most about your inn?
Quaint Old World Charm
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
"A Reason For All Seasons" - (Lots of area attractions from which traveler's can choose)
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
".... this is our 1st experience in a B & B - (don't think we'll be staying in hotels anymore.)" - PA and ".... our only regret is that we cannot stay longer." - Canada
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
So many points of interest and activities for a smaller city and region
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Ohio State Reformatory, Kingwood Center Gardens, Malabar Farm, Amish Country, and Carrousel District
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Oak Park Tavern
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 4 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
No. There are several kennels in the area that we have available for referrals.
Bruce has served 30+ years in the Air Force and our local Ohio Air National Guard unit (179th Airlift Wing). He loves nature and the out of doors. He enjoys bicycling; and has even trekked from coast to coast in the summer of 1981! Karen has operated her own interior design/faux painting business for 15+ years. She specializes in faux finishes, detail painting, painted furniture, murals, home decor, etc. She also works for The Carousel Works, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of hand-carved carousels, located right here in Mansfield! She loves to paint! Together, we have three grown children and one granddaughter, of whom we adore! Our God-called mission is to happily serve people. We love sharing our wonderful old historical home with guests. We also want to encourage missionaries and pastors to come and stay for a time of rest, refreshment, and renewal.