Hosts & Inn History
Your Innkeepers Carole & Joe and Previous Owners
Carole is the long time innkeeper at Thurston House after a long career in customer service and marketing for a Fortune 500 company. Joe works outside the inn, working in high technology for many years now. Originally from Massachusetts, they arrived in Maitland by way of a year in Southern California. Ask them the story of it while spending quality time out on the porch.
Our inn history starts with long ago owner Cyrus Brooks Thurston. He was a well-known businessman in 1880’s Twin Cities Minnesota. Being successful in the businesses of cold storage and farm implements landed him on the social register and “Who’s Who” lists of that time. Around 1883 he purchased 160 acres of beautiful land in Central Florida near Lake Maitland. Two years later his grand winter getaway known as Thurston Cottage was ready for Cyrus and his family. Records show many citrus groves and lakes were on his land. The family enjoyed many trips here until Cyrus’s death in 1915.
Ask the innkeepers in person about more of the history of the home and its owners, and how the City of Maitland came to be the owner of this beautiful oasis.
Cyrus Thurston would be very proud to know that so many have enjoyed his beautiful home. Guests from all over the world – 32 countries! – and from 4 territories and every state have loved their stays here!