Myers' Bead & Breakfast is a beautifully restored Victorian home located in the heart of Marion, Kentucky on a quiet side street. Built in the 1880s by the Wilson family as a one-story home, it had a staircase to nowhere in anticipation of adding a second level. Dr. R.L. Moore bought the house in 1893 and it remained in the Moore family until 1983. In 1905, Dr. Moore, lending more unique history to the staircase, finally added the second story. The staircase to nowhere is made of oak, however, no one was allowed to use it while Dr. Moore owned the house. They were afraid using it would wear it out. Instead they used the stairway made of poplar wood that connects to the rear of the oak staircase landing from the back foyer. This double staircase is just one of the many stories connected with the bed and breakfast.
In 1983, it was sold to Merle Effing. Mr. Effing let the house stand empty except for one week a year when he would use it. Slowly, over the years it fell into disrepair until Jim and Merle Myers purchased the abandoned home in 1989. Jim and Merle's family and friends couldn't believe they had bought the house with intentions of returning it to its former glory. The Myers started restoring the stately old house immediately and finally completed restoration in 1993. And, as Jim will laughingly tell you, "We're still not finished really, there's always something we are working on."
pass through the beveled glass double doors at the front entrance,
the double staircase leads you upstairs to Scarlett's room (named
for Scarlett O'Hara). Scarlett's Room is tastefully decorated
in cream and shades of rose featuring a queen sized 4-poster bed
and a sleigh bed with a cascading canopy. There are two other
rooms down the hall. J.D.'s Room (named after Jim and several
grandsons) features Jinny Lind twin beds with a stately color
scheme of presidential blue, burgundy and gold. The last room
upstairs is Victoria's Room (named after the Myers' granddaughter).
This lovely room is decorated in pastel greens and pinks with
the focal point being the queen size 4-poster bed. Victoria's
Room also features a private bath.
Miss Scarlett's Room & JD's Room
Downstairs the rooms boast of 12-foot ceilings with original moldings and woodwork. The door transoms each have their own unique stain glass floral designs. All which lends to a fantasy atmosphere at Christmas when the entire house glows with a spun sugar, candyland theme. The parlor is the center of attention during the holidays with a huge tree decorated in pastel spun sugar ornaments. Sugar houses, gingerbread men, lollipops and loads of other ornaments glisten in the twinkling lights and reflect on the Victorian settings and furnishing, truly giving you the feeling of earlier times of elegance, of children in pinafores and knee britches, and Southern hospitality.
The Myers have artfully combined the ambience of the Victorian era with the comfort of the 90s. As the reputation of Myers' Bed and Breakfast grew (along with Merle's legendary breakfasts), the need for more rooms became apparent. So, in 1995 Jim and Merle built a cottage behind the Bed and Breakfast's main house. The cottage features two bedrooms with separate entrances. One has a spiral staircase leading to a loft, which allows the room to sleep six, perfect for a family. This room is also handicapped accessible. The second room features an antique clawfoot tub and sleeps four.
Seven rooms are now available, all capturing
the style and elegance of Victorian times. The Bed and Breakfast,
as previously mentioned, boasts of modern comfort and convenience
for the guests with microwaves, refrigerators, phones, cable TV
and off-street parking.
Since opening, the home has seen many travelers from all over the world, vacationers from England, businessmen from Germany, newlyweds (many have their weddings in the parlor), and even the United States Air Force team investigating the B1 Bomber crash here a few years ago. Jim and Merle truly enjoy their guests and make you feel like family. They invite you to call and make reservations next time you are visiting the Marion and Crittenden County area. You can make this your home away from home.