The Crosby House had good bones when we purchased it in 1969 to raise our six children, but it was definitely a "fixer-upper"! After years of careful planning and extensive renovations, we became empty nesters in a very big, empty house and the question became, "What do we do now?"
The house had grown on us and we loved sharing her Victorian ambiance with others, so the natural solution was to open the doors as a Bed and Breakfast! Thus the "Crosby House," named after the family who built her in 1868, began welcoming travelers to enjoy her charm in 1997.
Guests here experience the essence of a bygone era with enough subtle upgrades to make their stay luxurious and comfortable. Original coal burning fireplaces are replaced with gas and each bedroom boasts its own private bath with today’s amenities and creative makeovers. However, you’ll still be surrounded by a treasured history of 1800s architecture: high ceilings with crown molding and plaster medallions; original marble and slate fireplaces; thick, paneled doors with filigreed brass knobs and the dramatic front entry hall floor with alternate boards of black walnut, bird’s eye and tiger maple.
The furnishings, like the house, have an appealing look through decades of change—an eclectic mix of antiques and collectibles that is a blend of what is both comfortable, historic and charming.
Of course, you don’t want to miss one of the Crosby House’s favorite stories about the unique paneled stairway. According to the two brothers who inherited the home from their great aunt, who lived here at the turn of the century, she had a master craftsman come and take out every other spindle in the open railing and panel between them because she insisted that people were looking up her skirts when she went up the stairs!
The location on Western Avenue is just a short walk to downtown and yet offers miles of trails just behind our extensive gardens—a perfect spot to stay to enjoy the lively town of Brattleboro and the peaceful Vermont woodlands.