The Minnis House

939 Churchview Street, New Market, Tennessee 37820
Innkeeper(s): David and Kim Stapleton
  • Introduction

    Welcome to East Tennessee and The Minnis House, a small-town country inn.  Located just 3.5 miles from Carson-Newman College, 5 miles from Riverglen Equestrian Park, 15 miles from Bass Pro and 35 miles from Pigeon Forge and Dollywood, we are a Christian owned and operated family business, with our fifth generation now growing up in this small community.  Our comfortable inn, located in  New Market, Tennessee, filled with antiques and stained glass lighting, offers four guest rooms with private baths, cable TV, and wireless internet.  Guests may choose rates with a freshly prepared breakfast or a self-serve continental breakfast.  

    We look forward to making your stay pleasant and relaxing.  Since we live on adjoining property, our guests enjoy privacy while visiting, watching television in one of our two downstairs common areas, reading books from our library, playing the piano, or when rocking on the big front porch under the ceiling fans.  Having lived in this area all of our lives, we are happy to help our guests find things to do and places to see according to their interests.  We're looking forward to visiting with y'all soon!

  • History

    The Minnis House (prounounced 'menace') is named for the Minnis family, citizens of our small town from the 1700s to the 1960s.  Their family operated a large general store on adjoining property from 1865 to 1965. The Minnis Store offered patrons everything they needed 'from the cradle to the grave.'   In the early 1900s, Minnis family members purchased this home which was built in the early 1800s.  The smaller wooden structure underwent a major renovation shortly afterward, transforming it into the brick home we now call The Minnis House.  
    After being neighbors to the home for many years, we purchased it in 2009, renovating it as a bed and breakfast inn which opened in May 2010.  Since that time, we have welcomed hundreds of guests from as far away as California, New York, and Texas, as well as international guests from Brazil, England, and India.  

    The town of New Market was once home to Frances Hodgson Burnett, famous author of The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and The Little Princess (Sarah Crewe).  She lived a couple of blocks from The Minnis House after moving from England to America following her father's death.  Her mother's brother, living in nearby Knoxville, sent for the family to come to America by ship.
     While living here, Frances met her future husband, Dr. Swan Burnett. She went on to write many great novels later in life.  While she lived here as a teenager, tradition tells us she picked berries from behind her house and sold them in order to purchase paper and pencils that she used to write short stories.  She mailed these stories to New York, where they were published in magazines. Frances would have walked past the Minnis House on her way to the Minnis Store to purchase supplies.
    Although her home is not open to the public, there is a historic marker in the yard, which is located next to Houston's Mineral Well, a longtime New Market landmark.  You can find more information about the well at  New Market is also well known for the tragic New Market Train Wreck of 1904.
  • Weddings

    We host weddings, bridal and baby showers, family and school reunions, as well as meetings, private dinners and parties.  We hold a restaurant license with the State of Tennesse as well as a Bed and Breakfast license.  We are inspected twice each year by the Tennessee Department of Health.  We are also members of the Tennessee Bed and Breakfast association.

  • Dining

    Our inn rates with a hot breakfast are $95 for two guests, or $85 for one guest for our larger upstairs rooms, and $10 less for our smaller downstairs room.  Rates are less if guests choose the self-serve continental breakfast option. Discounts are given to Carson-Newman parents those bringing prospective students to campus for a tour.
    Complimentary snacks and beverages are provided for our guests, along with access to a refrigerator and microwave. By holding both a bed and breakfast and a restaurant license from the State of Tennessee, we are able to host private events such as weddings, baby and bridal showers, brunches, luncheons, dinners, parties, reunions and receptions for groups both small and large. On Saturday evenings, we offer a romantic candlelight dinner for an additional fee for guests staying at least two nights (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday).
  • Location

    For those traveling east to west across the State  of Tennessee on I-40 and I-81, staying at The Minnis House will not delay your trip. Coming from the west, guests simply take Knoxville's 394 or 398 exits and drive up Hwy. 11E to New Market.  Upon leaving, they take Hwy 11E to Hwy. 92, all four-lane highways that take them to I-40/81's 417 exit.   Coming from the east, guests take Exit 417 and Hwy. 92 to Hwy. 11E to New Market. When leaving, they drive west on Hwy. 11E to I-40/81 exits 398 or 394.  
    We are located 1/2 block off Hwy. 11E in New Market, a short 3 mile drive to restaurants and stores in nearby Jefferson City. Knoxville is just 20 minutes west while Morristown is 20 minutes east. The old-fashioned downtown of Dandridge, home to the Scotts Irish Festival, and Rutledge, home to the Tomato Festival, are also 20 minutes away. Lost Creek Golf course is just a mile or two away, with many other courses being within a 20 minute drive.