About the property
- House4600 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 13-17)
Our home is a pre-civil war era Italianate style Victorian home furnished with many period antiques. Located one hour north of Nashville in the quiet historical town of Russellville, Logan County, KY. Our property is also known as the Wallace-Byrne Home and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was a Stage Coach Inn and Tavern in the early 1800's.
The home is 4600 square feet plus another 500+ square feet of covered porches. It has five (or six) ample bedrooms and beds enough to sleep up to 17 people (all linens included). There are also couches, air mattresses, and sleeping bags. Four bathrooms have all been added over time. The main floor has 10' ceilings with a formal parlor, two dining rooms, and a master bedroom suite. The other bedrooms are located upstairs. The slaves quarters and external kitchen are now replaced with a two car garage.
The kitchen is updated to modern gourmet style with stainless steel appliances including Jennair gas stove (two ovens, 6 burners, plus hotplate), dishwasher, and two refrigerators. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, pans, utensils, and imperishable food stock for your use.
The home is within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and seven churches and many other historically significant homes in the Russellville Historic District. Our home historically was on the outside edge of town on what used to be called “High Street” -- which made it quite suitable for being a stagecoach inn and tavern. Now we are in the center of the town on the south edge of the historic district at the foot of the hills.
The builder of the original log house (parlor and dining room with loft above) was William Wallace, possible direct descendant of the William Wallace made famous by Mel Gibson in the movie “Brave Heart”. Wallace was appointed Circuit Court Judge in 1807 with a jurisdiction covered 5 counties and some 160 miles. Wallace was a Jeffersonian in politics and was a presidential elector in the National Electoral College in 1808. One of his more famous young attorney apprentices was Joseph Emory Davis, eldest brother of Jefferson Davis who later was the President of the Southern Confederacy.
A FORMER OWNER OF OUR HOME WAS SHOT BY THE JESSE JAMES GANG - and lived. This was Mr Nimrod Long the banker who was shot in the head during the bank robbery March 20, 1868 - The James gang robbed the Southern Deposit Bank in Russellville, Kentucky for $14,000. Long & wife purchased our house in 1877 leaving it to his eldest son for $1 in 1881.
The Victorian home was originally heated by eight coal fireplaces. You can still see the original coal shoot, including its own little driveway ramp up from the street, at the southwest corner. A young slave was responsible for keeping the coal bins full during winter. You can see the remains of coal throughout the coal cellar located under the Parlor. In the north yard closest to the NE entrance is a Buckeye tree (thought to be over 150 years old). This is the tree made famous by the Ohio State University mascot (but most Ohioans have never seen this kind of tree or its nut). Unfortunately this tree was damaged by a storm in 2010 and only partially stands today. But we still have a bucket of buck-eye nuts. On the north east corner of the property behind the garage by the stone fence is a concrete pad that we understand was approximately where the slave quarters were located. The original kitchen was located about where the garage is today.
Consequently, this is an older home with some updated ammenities. Our neighbors are mostly current or retired educators that love history and are very friendly and helpful. Many neighbors are active in the areas historic societies and civil war groups. If your party is really seeking a condo or set of hotel rooms style outing, please do not contact me about renting our house. This is for people who can enjoy the country and appreciate the differences of an older home.
Free WIFI Access - After long holding out that the modern era has no place in a pre-civil war home, we installed a new N-Router to provide secured internet service throughout the grounds. If you enjoy the historic aumbiance, you can ignore the wifi -- however, if you need access for work or other reasons...it is now available free with your stay. We have also have a wifi enabled DVD/blue ray player and free NetFlix for our guests to enjoy downloadable movies from a large list of options.
We recently added a 'bicycle built for two'. The tandum bike is available for check out from our in town manager.
Upon your arrival, our in-town manager will meet you with the keys, show you the house, answer questions and will try to make your stay as pleasant as possible. The whole house will be yours....its like staying in a historic home museum, yet reasonably priced. Feel free to ask the owner for more details and non-profit discounts.
Keywords: Historic Home / Museum Like / Free Wifi & Netflicks/ Quaint Historic Town 50 Miles N. of Nashville
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About Tim Reddington
Business Consultant and Property Investor that has learned to love the style of the old mid-South. Our home in Russellville was remodeled into an early Victorian style prior to the civil war. We hope to perhaps retire there someday. 'They don't build them like this anymore.' We trust you will enjoy it as much as we do.
Tim Reddington purchased this House in 2006
Why Tim Reddington chose Russellville
The historic town is so well preserved, people in the area are great, you can literally walk to about everything in town, wake up to church bells, know your neighbors, etc. We really love Russellville and that whole area north of Nashville.
What makes this House unique
This is a one-of-a-kind historic home listed on the National Historic Register. It is like staying in a museum. Truly a unique home stay. Surrounded by other historic homes and historic spots like Shakertown, Jefferson Davis birthplace, and the bank that Jesse James robbed in unique, We love buying antiques, relaxing at home, reading up on how the home was historically significant during the civil war and other early victorian periods. In fact, A FORMER OWNER OF OUR HOUSE WAS SHOT BY JESSE JAMES AND LIVED (Nimrod Long was the owner between 1877-1881, then he and his wife gave it to his oldest son for $1 - shot by Jesse James Gang during a robbery of the bank March 20th 1868). You cannot get more unique than this home! Come and explore for yourselves.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Third stay at this property. Works well as a gathering place during holidays and events.
Plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms. Great central location for our family to meet up while we are in Kentucky from upstate New York. Easy access from Louisville to Nashville. Just keep in mind that it’s a two hundred year old historical house full of quirks. Owners do a great job sharing the history of the house and community. House is well equipped for large groups. Owners have been really great to work with! The local manager Cass, goes above and beyond to make sure quests are comfortable. We expect to stay here again in the future.
We very much enjoyed our stay at Tim & Dianne's place. The history and historical pieces in the house were amazing. It was like staying in a museum, yet you felt right at home. Cass (house manager) was great and very helpful.
The area has much to do, all within an hour or less drive. We enjoyed the Shaker Village just 15 minutes outside of town, a day at Nashville, and had a list of things near Bowling Green we plan to do next time we are in the area.
I would not hestitate to stay here again!
Thanks Tim & Dianne!
Arrived late PM, but the GPS got us directly to the driveway. When we entered the home we were pleasantly surprised to find MORE than expected. The period furniture and decorations are spot on in nearly all areas and it was difficult to go sit down, because I wanted to continue exploring each nook and cranny . . . the claw footed furniture, the antique dishes, lighting, beds . . . everything took my eye.
The home is in the middle of town, but inside the house everything is private and in order. My only dislike was the best restaurant was closed for Labor Day weekend . . . boo hiss!
Cass met us shortly after we arrived and tried to answer any questions. The televisions are a little strange, but we didn't come to watch TV so it didn't really matter.
The town is full of history and historical markers, if you enjoy the past then go to this place and check it out . . . Staircases for the people of the manner and another for the servants, fireplaces, soaking tubs, comfy beds and most important to us . . . a quiet place to reflect what was, is and will be!
We rented The Stage Coach Inn for family coming in from out of state. It was perfect for our needs. We were able to gather and have several family members in for a meal. Tim was very gracious in meeting our needs for the weekend. Cass was very helpful and met me to show me the house and explain everything to me. My family enjoyed the atmosphere of the home and its historic background. We will definitely consider using this home again anytime we have a family gathering in town! Thanks so much.
We brought family in from Boston and Arkansas for a family reunion. They stayed here and we couldn't ask for any place better for them to stay. They loved it! Super clean and big. Cass and Tim were both great people to work with. We will be renting this house again in the future!
Fun 50th Anniversary Getaway!
We just returned from a wonderful weekend of fun with my parents, two brothers and sister-in-laws, and their 5 children. In all, we had 10 adults (ages 16-71) and 5 children (ages 23 months-12 years) and we all had a wonderful time! We were celebrating my parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary, and coming from Indiana, North Carolina, Illinois, and Arkansas, we needed something centrally located, and this was just the place. There were plenty of beds and bathrooms, and the kitchen was perfect. We cooked and ate most of our meals there over 3 days, and everything we needed for the prep was found, with the exception of a mixer...not sure if we just overlooked it, but we never found a mixer. I mashed 10 lbs of potatoes by hand, and it worked out just fine.
On Saturday afternoon most of the crew went to Mammoth Cave and a few went to the Shaker Village, and both groups seemed pleased with their activities.
Cass, the in-town manager, was great! She walked us through the home showing us what we needed to know, and when we asked about the festival that was in town that weekend, she emailed me the information when she got home. We never had to bother her for anything during our stay, but it was fun to run into her at church on Sunday morning!
If the needs of our family gathering find us looking in the southern Kentucky area again, we won't hesitate to check on the availability of this home again, it was great!
Guests can borrow our tandem bicycle (built for two) to cruise around town. Go through the historic district to the town square. Most everyone in the area golf's or are active outdoors (2 golf courses in town). Lake Malone is just 20 minutes North with boating, skiing, fishing, and swimming. There are numerous caves in the area - including Mammoth Caves National Park (one hour north-east). Today Russellville is a relatively small and quiet town, but it is relatively close to many area of interest. We are located just 29 miles west of Bowling Green, KY home of Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the GM’s Corvette plant and museum (factory tours most days) among other attractions. 34 miles SW to Clarksville, TN and the large compound making up Fort Campbell. Most of the region is picturesque farmland. About 15 miles east is the westernmost site of a Shaker Colony museum and grounds – established in 1800. Lots of history in area.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Okay...so VRBO's new format does not work so well. so just to be clear we have weekly rates and you get the cheaper of the daily or weekly rates. Off Season Weekly Rate is $799/wk for up to ten guests High Season (May to Sept) Weekly Rate is $899/wk for up to the first ten guests
Payments are due in advance. Pet deposit of $50 each pet, is half refundable.