Southern Charm Beckons in Tallahassee
Historic Inn Attracts a Host of Varied Guests
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In March of 2015, one of Tallahassee’s oldest homes reopened its doors as the Park Avenue Inn. An elegant antebellum mansion, it offers guests the opportunity to experience unparalleled Southern elegance. Brilliantly illuminated, chic and spacious, you never would guess that the building is nearly 175 years old.
The grand, pillared porch of the 175-year-old Park Avenue Inn is rich in history and Tallahassee lore.
Located in Tallahassee’s Historic District, the home has seen its fair share of owners over the years. Kate Bruner runs the inn’s day-to-day operations and says it’s the history, more than anything else, that attracts guests to Park Avenue Inn.
“The historic background provides a point of interest, as it does for most B&Bs housed in period homes,” Bruner said. “History and hospitality are the draws for guests at a B&B. It’s a far different experience than a chain hotel room.”
The five rooms, two of which are suites, are well-suited for guests seeking a tranquil space reflective of days gone by.
Built between 1837 and 1839, the home was constructed and owned by Capt. R.A. Shine for almost five years before Florida achieved statehood. The Second Seminole War was taking place at the time, and it was not uncommon to witness Indian attacks on white settlers, even in Tallahassee. In 1842, the war ended, and the home had survived unscathed. Shine owned the home for an additional five years before later selling it to a chance buyer.
As the legendary story goes, F.H. Flagg and Dick Wilson had just left a friend’s home where they had been playing poker. On the way home, under the starry sky, they passed the beautiful home and noticed it was for sale. Flagg fumbled with a lottery ticket in his pocket which was, if he won, good for the exact asking price of the home. He declared if he won the lottery, he would purchase the place. The next day Flagg ended up winning and made good on his word. The home was now his.