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The William Kehoe Historic Inn is a huge, four story, 1892 Victorian; basically Renaissance Revival mansion which also has a blend of other architectural styles creating a truly glorious mansion! Nice touches were added such as "Corinthian columns, decorative use of red brick and terra cotta moldings, and Italianate 'eyebrows'." Its most distinctive and unique feature is the "exclusive" use of cast iron for the exterior trim.
The William Kehoe house was made roomy enough to house a large family, and now provides 13 rooms for guests of the current William Kehoe House Historic Inn. The second and third floors housed the bedrooms. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
This glorious mansion was renovated and restored to its former glory and turned into a gracious bed and breakfast inn in 1992. In 2003, Kehoe House evolved further into a 4 star luxury inn as it joined master hotelier Richard Kessler' s high class hotel family, who renovated this grand mansion further "to enhance its charming features and update amenities and decor for the select guests." The inn has acquired unique antique and period furnishings as well as "state of the art conveniences in a casual relaxed atmosphere."
Room rates range from $205.00 to $295.00 * Suite range from $275 to $325. The room and suite rates include all the bells and whistles one would expect for a 4-star luxury inn, including:
Full gourmet breakfast * Afternoon tea * Hors d'oeuvres *Concierge and turndown service * Luxury toiletries
The Inn has acquired unique antique and period furniture as well as "state of the art conveniences in a casual relaxed atmosphere."
HISTORY:
William Kehoe came from Ireland with his family when he was 10 years old, and grew up in a poor but loving, God-centered family. At a young age, he fought for the South in the Civil War. As a young man he apprenticed as an iron molder, worked his way up the ladder of success until he owned his own Iron Foundry. He made his fortune by his keen business sense, his skill, his pleasant personality and character, his ability to work with others and his hard work.
He married the love of his life, Annie, at the age of 26, with whom he had many children, 10 of which survived. Unlike many people in the well-to-do class, William and Annie didn't let money ruin them and kept their values and belief in God, the giver of all gifts and blessings, front and center.
For Most of the 20th century, Kehoe House was used as a mortuary. Sometime along the way it became a private residence. In 1980, famed football player Joe Namath bought Kehoe House for $80,000. Joe thought for a time about turning Kehoe House into a night club and disco, much to the horror of his Columbia Square neighbors. He changed his mind but held onto the home, fixed up the place until he sold it in 1989, for $530,000!
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
Annie Kehoe and William loved their house, a place where they raised their large family, enjoying a lifetime of fond memories.
William had his own study, up in the rafters in the room with the cupola, where it was quiet and peaceful, his special place to meditate and read.
The Kehoe's master bedroom was on the second floor, while the children stayed and played in rooms on both the second and third floor. Instead of letting a nanny put the children to bed, Annie was the one who went up every night, heard their prayers, read to them and kissed them good night as they lay in their beds.
No one knows how many other Kehoe children not counted in the 10 which grew up, died as infants or young children through illness or other causes. It is reported that William and Annie's twin (4-5) year olds, (probably boys, who must have been a handful), are said to have died in a dumb kid accident, while playing in one of the chimneys. The chimneys were consequently blocked up and decorated with angels.
The Kehoe home must have had not only their children, but the friends of the Kehoe children from the neighborhood.
Contact Information:
Phone
(912) 232-1020
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