The stately facade of this six thousand square foot southern-style mansion embodies the style and grace that prominent Bluefield families built in the early 1900’s. This home was set apart on an expansive lawn and served as a plantation home for many years. The house was constructed by Mr. Lucious Holland in 1904 for his bride to be Nancy. The couple got married and lived here for less than two years when Mrs. Holland tragically passed away. Ownership passed through such prominent families as the Compton’s and the Maynard’s. Judge Frank Maynard was very well known and was possibly one of the longest remaining residents who resided here with his wife Sarah and five children. The Maynard’s used 2109 as an entertaining home that got a lot of use for Soirées, invitation balls and dinners. Judge Maynard was transported to Richmond, VA in 1928 to be treated for a nervous condition where he passed away forcing his family to sell 2109.
After 10 short years the house was used as an elementary school until Mrs. Helen Ryan and her husband purchased the home around 1938, converting second floor rooms for boarding house accommodations. During this time President Woodrow Wilson visited 2109 Jefferson St. during his candidacy and enjoyed the hospitality commonplace here. JFK was noted as visiting a colleague at 2109 for a brief day. In the early 1960’s Mrs. Ryan converted the rooms on the second floor into apartments. Each room was equipped with a kitchenette. The Mailboxes from that time are still evident upon the wall in the side entry. Finally in April of 1995, she gave up her home after suffering a major stroke and left her estate in the hands of her private financial institution.
Sandra J. Hancock purchased the home in May of 1995 and began to restore it to its original luster. After six months of repair she opened it as the former Dian-lee House. It was purchased in May of 2014 by Dr. Gary and Kitt McCarthy and has undergone yet another full upgrade and remodel.
The House has played host to many famous guests. In addition to Woodrow Wilson and John F. Kennedy, the house has welcomed Nobel Peace Prize winner John Nash, a native of Bluefield; Jett Williams, Hank Williams Sr’s daughter; Janette Walls, author of The Glass Castle who is a nearby native; Jackie Onassis’ half brother Jamie Auchencloss; Singer and Christian song writer Michael O’Brien; American Idol finalist Chris Sly; and the Rocket Boys namely Homer Hickam & Billy Rose (October Sky).
The former Dian-lee House, now Bluefield Inn, was featured in several West Virginia magazines, national newspapers and recently in the Bristol Herald Courier. It served as a stage for TLC’s Second Chance reality show, Inn’s Across America, and as a set for the up movie The Legend of Black Annie.
The Blufield Inn Experience
The Bluefield Inn reflects the formality of a Southern mansion and offers richly appointed bedroom suites. Uniquely different, the mini-suites offer world class comforts usually found in upscale hotels while inviting the traveler to relax in a homelike atmosphere.
Remnants of life past are visible in the wall buttons for calling servants, some of whom lived in the back cottage and helped in the upkeep. The maids and butlers served in the large dining salon, filled the over-sized tubs, polished the wavy glass panes on the massive French doors and kept the gas lights twinkling. The history of the house is still very alive today. You will feel the quality of years of heritage upon your first step through the door.
Sleep the night away in a Lincoln-style Victorian bed, slumber in a four poster bed, or climb into a vintage brass bed. Each bedroom features top-of-the line 600 thread count sheets, down-alternative mattress toppers and blankets, sumptuous towels and fluffy pillows. The light fixtures are all vintage and each room has its own ensuite bathroom. While the house remains true to its heritage, each bedroom also features thermostatically controlled airconditioning.
Down the curving staircase a world of elegance awaits:
A formal reception hall lit by an Austrian Crystal Chandelier, focuses on a baby grand piano. Through the sparkling window panes of massive European doors, a formal dining room awaits.
The billiards room evokes the feeling of a private club with its carved imported granite mantel and huge brass and oak chandelier. Relax in the attached sitting room while reading a newspaper, magazine or novels written about famous Bluefield natives.
A sun room style breakfast parlor gives light through stained glass windows. A 3 tier Blue Delft Chandelier highlights tables with ballroom Chivari chairs which await your presence to savor a full gourmet breakfast. Admire scenes of yesteryear on toile wall treatments and glance at the collection of blue willow china while sipping a cup of tea, hot cocoa or cider.
Take a stroll through the lush gardens at morn or dusk under Corinthian columned trellises. Enjoy aromas of fresh heirloom and exotic flowers in bloom. Delight in the unique design of corkscrew junipers groomed to perfection.
On the wide expansive veranda one senses what life was like in simpler times when the handcrafted rocking chairs swayed in the breeze. It invites you now as does the brick paved pergola with the tinkling fountain saying “sit a spell,” that’s what hospitality is all about… and so is The Bluefield Inn.
Contact us today to share in our history for an evening or two!