Limestone House Bed & Breakfast, Florence, AL: Where Henry Ford Slept

Limestone House Bed & Breakfast, Florence, AL: Where Henry Ford Slept
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Limestone House Bed & Breakfast is in an ideal location in Florence, Alabama for guests who are attending events at the University of North Alabama, who have come to town for one of its festivals, or who want to sleep where famous people have slept and eat a luscious three-course breakfast in the morning when they wake up. Built by Colonel C.W. Ashcraft in 1915, Limestone House was added to the National Register of Historical Places in October 1978. It was the first home in Florence to be wired for electricity and gained quite a reputation for hosting a magnificent Christmas party every year. Bill and Betty Maloney enjoy sharing their home and its history with their special guests. If you like ghost stories, there are even a few mysterious happenings worthy of mention. Bill is the story-teller, while Betty cooks up her breakfast specialties.

Two guestrooms named for 1921 visitors

Limestone House Bed and Breakfast exterior
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Thomas Edison and Henry Ford came from Chicago to Florence in 1921 via private train and chose to spend the night with Colonel Ashcraft at Limestone House. The two guestrooms are named for these famous visitors and are decorated in ways that pay homage to these men. The Henry Ford Guestroom, for example, incorporates several Oriental items because he was known to have had a tie to Japan and the Far East. The Thomas Edison Guestroom is actually a two-room suite with an adjoining sitting room. It is decorated in soft teal accents that include a needlework pillow with an old phonograph. Both have private baths with steam showers and heated towel racks. They also have queen-size beds and 800-thread-count sheets, along with fireplaces, Direct TV and free Wi-Fi.

In addition to Ford and Edison, Limestone House has hosted movie stars Humphrey Bogart and Kris Kristofferson. The Maloneys are sure to find other famous names in their guest register in the coming years. It’s just that kind of special, unique place.

Betty's three-course breakfast is not to be missed

Baked Italian eggs and ham with gnocchi in marinara sauce with crusty bread
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Mouths salivate when Betty describes her favorite breakfast to prepare. It is an Italian feast fit to be slowly savored. The first course is a mixed berry fruit smoothie, topped with whipped cream and sliced almonds. The second course consists of baked Italian eggs and ham with gnocchi in marinara sauce, accompanied by crusty bread for dipping in olive oil and Italian herbs. The third course, also known as dessert, is Betty’s own creation - Italian cream pancakes topped with cream cheese icing, whipped cream, coconut and pecans and then drizzled with maple syrup. And that’s just ONE of several sumptuous morning menus she prepares for her guests.

Nearby area restaurants, shopping and events

George H. Carroll Lion Habitat on UNA campus
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The Mahoneys prepare guests for the possibility that they might hear lions roaring in the wee hours of the morning. The mascots for the University of North Alabama are lions named Leo and UNA. They are housed only a couple of blocks away in a multi-million dollar lion habitat on the UNA campus. You’ll have to admit that would be quite a wake-up call. Definitely something to “write home about.” The University of North Alabama hosts many sporting events as well as concerts, plays, and lectures. Limestone House is a perfect place for guests attending such events.

This B & B is also a short walk to Downtown Florence where you can find plenty of shops and restaurants for the afternoon and evening hours or after that amazing breakfast the next morning. Look for the flagship store of Billy Reid and restaurants such as Odette, Dish, Ricatoni’s, and City Hardware. Are you craving an ice cream cone? Head to Trowbridge’s, another place with a long history.

Downtown Florence has a monthly music, art, dining and shopping special event called First Friday from March to December each year. That would be an ideal time to stay at Limestone House.

Convenience, comfort, history and mouthwatering food

If you like staying within walking distance of restaurants and main events, if you like to relax with special amenities, if you love to listen to stories about famous people and events, or if you just anticipate waking up to something delicious prepared by a gracious hostess, then Limestone House Bed and Breakfast in Florence is an incredible place to consider.

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Connie Pearson is a travel writer and blogger based in Alabama. She has traveled extensively throughout the US and to countries in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, in addition...Read more

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