Adams House Welcomes Visitors To Woodbury
TONY STINNETT, Courier Co-Editor
Woodbury is not unique to the bed and breakfast, either.
Regina Reed opened the Adams House Bed and Breakfast on College Street in October, enabling visitors, and even locals, to enjoy a private get-away with a cozy Antebellum setting filled with history.
Reed and her mother, (Shelby Schuler) run the Bed and Breakfast, which already has attracted visitors from Virginia, Knoxville and Indiana, to name a few.
"I feel like (the bed and breakfast) is an asset to the community," said Reed, a Cannon County native and former educator in the Cannon County Schools System. "We do have the house open for people and it provides a service for the community."
Reed purchased the Adams House in March, 2009. After planning and renovations Reed and Schuler were embarking on a new endeavor.
"My mother and I had always dealt with antiques," Reed said. "I had retired from teaching and we had a shop together for awhile but it was just too much, too time consuming. We decided to buy the house together and open a bed and breakfast."
The historic Adams house, one of the older and more distinguished in Woodbury, was available. Originally built in 1859, the house has had a long history of guests and owners during its more than a century existence.
"It is an old house and most of the bed and breakfasts are old homes," Reed said. "There is a lot of history and character and that is what usually sales. People want history and character. You can go anywhere and just rent a hotel room."
If history and character is what visitors seek, they are sure to find it at the Adams House Bed and Breakfast, which features two guest rooms. The master suite is available for $125 and a smaller room is available for $100. The Adams Suite & Victorian Room offers a private bath, a queen-sized bed, private entrance, sitting room and a porch with a view.
Guests are treated to a scrumptious full breakfast, snacks throughout the evening, more than 4,000-square feet with eight spacious rooms, two large halls, the kitchen with an eating area, fireplaces throughout, original hardwood flooring, and the 50-foot porch offers a beautiful view of the surrounding area.
"People seem to like the more homey atmosphere and cleanliness," Reed said. "We are just beginning to get started, but we are trying. It takes a lot of effort to keep it going."
Word of mouth is traveling.
In addition to the numerous visitors from surrounding states, the Adams House Bed and Breakfast is already booked for three nights this week.
While a majority of bed and breakfasts are small and quaint, the Adams House Bed and Breakfast offers a magnificent home rich with history, but in setting that provides a peaceful, surreal experience.
The house has undergone many changes over the years, but much still remains the same on the inside and outside of the early time period. Originally built in 1859 with a purpose of housing female students who attended the Baptist Female College, the house has endured time. One of the houses used as a dormitory stands today.
Though the house has had many owners, its most famous is Dr. J.E. Adams, who purchased it from W.W. and Martha Sullivan on July 25, 1924. Dr. Adams founded the Good Samaritan Hospital, the library and the old cheese plant. Prior to the construction of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Adams had a home practice at the residence where he tended to the sick, many times in the main parlor after being awakened in the middle of the night.
For more information or to make reservations access the Adams House Bed and Breakfast website at adamshousetn.com