Dr. Dodson House Bed & Breakfast was created by owner/innkeeper Janet Schilling, who welcomed her first guests in 1994. Creature comforts were added to this significant historic structure without losing its special charm and character. The guest rooms occupy the second and third floors, with access to the second floor porch from the center hallway. Dr. Dodson House is the perfect place to stay right in the historic district, close to everything!
We have instituted some changes to reduce contact and facilitate compliance with state and local recommendations as we all cope with the new normal of the COVID-19 era. You may now make your reservation online with your credit card. Lockboxes have been installed so that you may obtain a key to the inn on your arrival. A code to the lockbox will be provided the day before your arrival by text message or you can contact us. Please see the "INN POLICIES" tab for further information.
The parlor is in the 1872 addition which was added by Sarah Louisa Bruff, and is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the light-filled surroundings. Frederick Douglass visited Sarah's father, Captain Auld, after the Civil War had ended, in order to reconcile differences with his former master. Sarah later sold the house to her cousin, Dr. Dodson, who had been a surgeon in the Union Army.
The dining room is in the original c. 1799 section of the house. Dr. Dodson used this room as his office and examination room. He made house calls in his horse and buggy, which were kept in the adjacent carriage house. The wall between the dining room and the center hall and stairway is the only non-brick wall in the house. The paint on the doors in the house have been stripped and you can now appreciate the construction details and changes made over the centuries. The dining room window that looks onto the front porch was changed to match those in the parlor when the addition was added in 1872. You can see evidence of the change behind the shutters on the front porch.