As the sun lowers over downtown Elkin, special visitors will be able to hear the sounds of the Elkin Creek and Yadkin River between the call of the trains as they pass through. These guests at Maggie’s Place can enjoy the outdoor patio of the boutique bed and breakfast.
To become one of these special visitors who are greeted each morning by the calls of a variety of local birds as the town awakens to opportunities to visit art galleries, hear live music, hike a National Historical Trail, or any one of a variety of activities, individuals need only become a guest at the historic landmark.
Originally a ticket office for the Elkin & Alleghany Railroad, Maggie’s Place has been painstakingly restored to infuse guests with the significance of the property’s history such as the first run of the Elkin & Alleghany Railroad on July 4, 1911. As one of the last railroads to be built with convict labor, this historical site is of importance nationally as well as locally.
“We started this to give my husband something to do,” said owner Deborah Imbus. “Mark decided to return to work, so I started down the path of excavating for hardwood floors and getting approval to remove the aluminum siding. Mark and I were going to work and fix up the building.”
Imbus has been aggressive in her attention to detail and efforts to maintain historical accuracy in order to be included on the appropriate registries. “We are now a Certified Historic Restoration — both state and federal,” said a triumphant Imbus.
This took much more time, work and money than anticipated as Imbus and her husband incorporated every bit of history they could into the building including furnishings and fixtures. “I got everything that I could from right around here,” explained Imbus, relating when and where nearly every piece was purchased.
Contained in the cozy cabin are authentic railroad lanterns converted for electricity, pictures of the building in use as a ticket office and antique furniture just right to return visitors to the days when rail was the fastest way to travel.
Although cloistered in history, this one-bedroom cabin contains luxurious modern conveniences in the kitchen and bathroom including a hands-free trashcan and a dishwasher, if visitors have a desire to cook. Maggie’s Place is conveniently located near several places for farm fresh flavors including a cup of coffee to start the day or a beer to finish it. Local restaurants are also nearby, often providing live music.
A queen-sized bed in the living room and a full-sized sleeper sofa can accommodate three people for those who wish to share their two-night minimum weekend. Hikers fresh off the trail will appreciate the fresh linens included as well as a few light snacks such as water to go along with the large Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant shower with seat.
A small fenced yard provides adequate room for an intimate gathering of friends which is an option for Elkin residents, or guests can enjoy a quiet book next to the garden fountain. Picturesque views of the quiet town can lead to creative inspiration for artists desiring a retreat.
Booking quickly for many events such as the Cruise Downtown Elkin and Reevestock, potential guests are recommended to make reservations well in advance by going to https://www.vrbo.com/1015130 where people can schedule their adventure discovering the detailed history behind each piece in this lovingly restored boutique hotel.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.