The Lamplight Inn a Country Bed and Breakfast

1680 Flemingtown Road, Henderson, North Carolina 27537
Innkeeper(s): Shirley Payne Schambach
  • Introduction

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    Located forty-five minutes from the Raleigh-Durham airport and less than two miles from Interstate 85, the Lamplight Inn resides on a 150-year old, five-acre tobacco farm in Henderson, North Carolina. Let us beckon you with the soft glow of the many chimney lamps used to light this restored farm. Step back from the fast pace of today and join us by the fire in the parlor, relax on the wraparound porch, or stroll the grounds. Outbuildings abound for your exploration including cabins, the stable, the gazebo, and the open-air fitness center located in the barn.

    The Lamplight Inn is only a short drive from Kerr Lake, a 50,000-acre, man-made lake and haven for water sports enthusiasts and landlubbers alike. More than 800 miles of wooded shoreline provide access to a variety of fun-filled activities on the lake including sailing, fishing, water skiing, and hiking.Explore the nearby communities as you hunt for antiques and quality handmade crafts, enjoy historical restaurants, or play a round of golf at Kerr Lake Country Club.

  • 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 Shirley Payne for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Lamplight Inn is a convenient stop near I-85 halfway between new York and Fl or DC and Atlanta.

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

    The Inn is a 5 acre tract is part of an 1850's tobacco farm. The 15 old buildings include a mini-museum and log curing barns.

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

    Kerr Lake is the largest man made lake east of the Mississippi and has all natural greenery with no commercial buildings on the shore.

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

    People frequently comment the the Inn is just like going home to grandmas house.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    There are 6 quaint interesting small towns within 30 minutes, a civil war cemetery and a Raleigh Road outdoor theater.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Inn is surrounded by wood with a trail to a private pond for fishing.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Southern Blue Skies restaurant is locally owned with good food and I also recommend Rib Eye Steak House.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    There are 3 unique themed guest rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    Small pets are allowed in one of the rooms.

  • Amenities

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    The Main house is fully restored and offers central heat and A/C, a private bath, and satellite TV in each room. Each of our four bedrooms is unique and offers the ultimate in casual comfort, surrounding you with carefully selected furniture, appointments and accessories. Four of the former tobacco drying cabins are being restored for a truly unique vacation experience. The cottages will come equipped with private baths, small kitchenettes, and broad verandas.

    The parlor is a quiet, quaint spot for reading by the fire or enjoying high tea. Enjoy our collection of old books, dolls, depression glass and tobacco memorabilia, or browse our selection of local crafts.

    The game room is a comfortable lounging area that features a selection of books, games, internet access, and 46" HDTV. All guests are invited to take advantage of our home theater for popcorn and a movie or sporting event.

  • Breakfast

    Lamplight Inn a Country Bed and Breakfast dining room

    A gourmet breakfast is served in the classic style daily in the main dining room, or guests may prefer dining on the wide verandah. Picnic baskets are available by advance order and snacks and beverages are available . Special diet requests are welcome, including vegan and gluten free alternatives.

  • Things To Do

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    Things to do Around the Inn!

    See the Vance Co Activity Schedule for details on the car shows and fishing tournaments

    The ultimate 90 minute massage with lavender scented hot towels. For details visit www.

    Every Saturday night you'll find good ole toe tapping country music at the Ridgeway Opry House and it's just around the bend and a country mile from here.

    Want to bring your horse with you on your trip?

    Riding horses available for your added pleasure, check this out.

    For a day of golf, tennis or swimming in a pool there is a country club open to the public and only 5 minutes away

    Henderson has one of the few outdoor movie theaters and they have first run movies year round.

    There are a lot of antique stores in the 7 towns within 30 minutes but the one in Norlina is especially interesting.

    The gorgeous new library downtown has HIFI available, plenty of computers and of course lot of books.

    On a Spiritual Quest?

    Follow the winding path through the woods to a quiet Yoga platform or find the small corner of the Feng Shui meditation area to walk the 7 ring Labyrinth.

    Lamplight Inn a Country Bed and Breakfast sunset

    Kerr Lake

    One of the largest lakes on the Piedmont, Kerr Lake covers approximately 50,000 acres and has a shoreline of 850 miles in North Carolina and Virginia. The man-made lake was created in 1953 when the Roanoke River was dammed to assist in flood control and to provide hydroelectric power.

    Another result was the creation of one of the largest, most popular outdoor recreation areas in the state. Kerr Lake State Recreation Area consists of 9 separate rec areas spread out over 3,000 acres of land.

    Facilities at the rec areas include developed campgrounds, picnic areas, and boat ramps. The lake sees heavy recreational use, with boating and bass fishing the most popular activities. The lake is large enough that it rarely seems crowded. Several of the rec areas are open year-round, others closed during the winter months. Visit the Official Kerr Lake Website.

  • Directions

    From the South and East

    1. I-95 exit 81 at Benson towards Raleigh on route #40 for 27 miles to Outer Loop #440 for 7 miles to US #1 heading North
    2. Drive 40 miles and when you see the express road I-85 on your left along side of you watch for the sign to Fleming Road (also called Flemingtown)
    3. Turn left under the highway and go 1.5 miles to the Lamplight Inn on your right

    From Atlanta

    1. Take I-85 425.7 miles (measured from Capital Square SW and Mitchell St SW) to exit #220 - Fleming Road (also called Flemingtown)
    2. Turn RIGHT onto US-1 / US-158 and turn RIGHT again following the signs for Fleming Road (also called Flemingtown) and the truck stop going under the overhead highway
    3. You will find the Lamplight Inn 1.5 miles on your right

    From the West

    1. Take I-40 west to Greensboro and merge on I-85
    2. Travel North 57 miles to exit #220 Fleming Road (also called Flemingtown)
    3. Turn RIGHT onto US-1 / US-158 and turn RIGHT again following the signs for Fleming Road (also called Flemingtown) and the truck stop going under the overhead highway
    4. You will find the Lamplight Inn 1.5 miles on your right

    From the North

    1. Take I-95 south to Petersburg, VA exit #51 and merge on I-85
    2. Travel South 82 miles to exit #220 Fleming Road (also called Flemingtown)
    3. Turn right and drive 1.5 miles to Lamplight Inn on your right