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Welcome to The Victorian Mansion Inn. We are an elegant bed and breakfast and casual gourmet restaurant. We strive to maintain an air of elegance and grace that existed in the home 130 years ago.
In the year 1871 construction on the home began by Alvin Lanphere, a local business owner and lightning rod manufacturer. Four years later, in the fall of 1875, the stately home still was not completed. Mr. Lanphere met with another local prominent businessman, Jacob F. Pratt, who lived across the street where the police and fire stations now stand, and traded residences. Mr. Pratt gave Mr. Lanphere $8,000.00 in addition to his home. Within weeks, with crews working almost around the clock, the Pratt family moved into the mansion.
Mr. Pratt survived three wives and upon his death his son, A.J. Pratt became the master of the house. A.J. survived three wives as well, the second being Mrs. Belle Starr (not the notorious Belle Starr, however).
The Pratt family sold the residence in 1936 to Alfred Morency, founder and owner of Coldwater Brass works. After her husbands death, Mrs. Winifred Morency sold the home and held an auction to dispose of some of the treasures she and her husband had acquired from the world over. It is said that the auction lasted for three days.
We look forward to your visit and hope that this site will help you make your decision to visit our Inn. If you have additional questions or comments, please contact us at (517)279-8852 or (800)-9-Mansion or e-mail us by clicking on the link below.
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