Joe & I are originally from Massachusetts – Joe from Millbury and I am from Holden. Both towns are in the middle of the state. When we moved out, we brought 10,000 pounds of “stuff”, including a lot of New England antiques. That’s why our home is so comfortable for bed & breakfast guests, these well worn and truly loved things! Book now to come see for yourself…
As amazing as it seems, Thurston House is only 5 miles from busy downtown Orlando! We are in the middle of 8 treed acres, and overlook charming Lake Eulalia. There is a walking path around us, areas in the yard to stroll, and hidden bench areas to rest & relax. The best part is that even though you feel miles away from anything, you are not. Minutes away are award winning restaurants, great museums, beautiful parks and wonderful shopping. Come see for yourself what there is to do!
Thurston House celebrates 17 years of being open for business next week – 9/15! Carole & Joe have thoroughly enjoyed hosting visitors from around the world, and from our own backyard. There have been guests from 21 countries, every state except Iowa, and several territories. We especially enjoyed hosting the Viscount & Viscountess of Maitland, Scotland. They live in London but enjoy visits to the states. He is also the Lourde of Lauderdale and heads to Ft. Lauderdale occasionally for family gatherings.
If you know anyone from Iowa who wants to come to Florida, send them our way!
The 8th of 125 things about Thurston House, us and the City of Maitland…all in honor of our 125th anniversary next July of the founding of Maitland and the completion of Thurston House.
The 2nd family who owned this home were the Hirsch’s – James & Anna. They were originally from Glencoe, Illinois where he served as mayor. They were very well-to-do and neighbors remember them being chauffeured around in a Cadillac limousine, complete with built in bud vases on the doors. Can’t you just picture that?
The 6th of 125 things about Thurston House, us and the City of Maitland…all in honor of our 125th anniversary next July of the founding of Maitland and the completion of Thurston House.
Eulalia is a Victorian girl’s name. A Mr. James Willcox from Philadelphia come to this area as a “snow bird” back in the 1880’s. He had a daughter called Eulalie and named this lake after her. Somewhere in time it got changed to Eulalia…no one knows why. We at Thurston House overlook this pristine natural lake with it’s wonderful personality.
#5 of “125 things” about Thurston House, us and the City of Maitland – Carole collects tole painted trays. Several in the front parlour were painted by my Grandmother Wyman’s best friend Carrie Fadish from Keene, NH. These would have to be from 1930-1940 time frame. Come to Thurston House and check them out for yourself!
#4 of 125 facts about Thurston House, us, and The City of Maitland….. The now beautiful, pristine Lake Lily was used as the community washing place back in the 1880’s….
In honor of The City of Maitlands’ 125th anniversary of their founding and Thurston House becoming 125 – next July – I am posting 125 things about us, the city and Thurston House. At least two a week will be posted until the completion next July. I have already posted two on Facebook and Twitter – 1. “My Mr. Thurston” was from Minneapolis/St. Paul and one of the original snowbirds. 2. Joe loves cars and has been restoring a 1973 Porsche for a long time. ……that brings us to –
3. Carole worked in corporate life for 18 years before becoming innkeeper. Her life at Norton Company got her involved in marketing, sales, customer service and even a stint as a dicing engineer to the electronics industry….fun-fun! This is what Norton (now St. Gobain) manufactures –