They say you never understand people until you walk a mile in their shoes. What about spending a night in their beds?
When genealogist Kitty Ross booked an overnight stay at the Jerico Bed and Breakfast in Marlinton, WV, she knew she'd be reliving memories. The room she reserved had been the log schoolhouse of her childhood days. But she didn't expect to stumble across a family story that predated her own existence.
“I started school in that building when I was 7,” says Ross. “What I didn't know until I stayed there was that my great-great-grandfather had built it. But I looked up and there was his name — Joel Osborn Hill — carved into one of the old chestnut logs inside.”
Heritage travelers like Ross often stay at historical lodgings to give themselves a better sense of their forebears' lives. Whether your ancestors lived in a log cabin or lighthouse, a castle or a Colonial, you too can rest your head where they did by spending the night in these beautifully restored — or authentically rustic — historical lodgings across the United States.