A hidden jewel in downtown Statesboro, Georgia's Bed and Breakfast was recognized recently by TripAdvisor.com as one of the best bed and breakfast Inns in Georgia. The stately four room bed and breakfast is located at 123 South Zetterower and is owned by Helen Cannon.
Many locals know the home as the Averitt's home. It was built in 1893 by Barney Averitt, a local entrepreneur. His sons, Dr. Jack and David "Hal" Averitt, grew up in the home. Jack was a legendary historian and professor at Georgia Southern. Hal was the former mayor of Statesboro and president of Sea Island Bank.
At the encouragement of longtime friend Peggy Chapman, who was serving as the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority at the time, Cannon moved to Statesboro and purchased the Averitt home. The house was vacant for more than two years before she purchased it in 1992. Nothing had been done to the home since it underwent a major renovation in 1948.
The home was originally built with Victorian Architecture but was updated in 1948 to a Federalist style home that included bricking the exterior of the home, along with other updates.
Cannon completely renovated the home, but was careful to not change its basic structure. In fact, she worked to create bathrooms in the closets of the four bedrooms. The Italian Marble fireplace and the maple, pine and oak floors are as beautiful today as the day they were installed.
The real secret behind the success of Georgia's Bed & Breakfast, however, is Helen Cannon. She is the epitome of a true "Southern Belle." She treats every guest as family and sends each one off every morning with a cooked-to-order breakfast, including some of her favorites like eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles and stuffed French toast.
"I fell in love with this home and Statesboro on my first visit," Cannon said. "I had no idea, 25 years later, I would still be enjoying this community and my bed and breakfast so much. I love people, love cooking, creating and love sharing stories about our community. My guests have become like members of my family. They are very loyal and have helped share the uniqueness of this property with their family and friends."
Understanding that she could not survive renting only four rooms, she worked to renovate a cottage on the property, which she manages as an executive rental for longer-term customers. She also caters bridal showers, bridesmaids' luncheons, birthday parties and corporate luncheons in the home.
"This home had been the center of hospitality for over 100 years when I purchased it," she said. "It only seemed natural that I open it up for to the community to enjoy. It also allows me to continue this rich tradition by entertaining the community in this beautiful home. Twenty five years later the home, which is rich with history, continues to be a favorite for social events and guests alike. It is a tradition that I am honored to continue."
You can learn more about this "Statesboro Secret" by visiting their website at www.georgiasbedandbreakfast.com or by calling (912) 489-6330.
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