Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast, Bolivar, Tennessee
Bolivar Tennessee's finest accomodations & West Tennessee's Best Bed & Breakfast
Winner of Fodor's "One of the South's Best Bed & Breakfasts" praise! Magnolia Manor was built by Judge Austin Miller in 1849. He was a prominent attorney and is credited with helping place the southern boundary of Tennessee so that Memphis was in Tennessee, NOT Mississippi. In fact, Austin Miller is mentioned by name in the Constitution of the State of Mississippi in article 2 as having placed the northern boundary of that state! He also donated 20 acres of land in Tunica County, Mississippi in 1848 for the county seat. The town was named Austin in honor of Judge Miller.
Magnolia Manor is a classic two story Georgian design. Each brick was hand made and sun dried on the home site by slaves. It features 14' ceilings and 13" thick walls from the ground to the roof. There are 4 bedrooms in the main house and 9 fireplaces. Two of the bedrooms are master suites, two full baths and 2 half baths. The house also features double parlors.
It was used as a Headquarters for the Union Army by Generals Logan, McPherson, Sherman and Grant during the Civil war and it is believed to be the home in which these four Generals planed the battle of Shiloh.
Three generations of the Miller family lived in the house until the 1970's. Charles Austin Miller, son of Judge Austin Miller, followed his father's footsteps to become a prominent attorney and later the Secretary of State of Tennessee. One of C.A. Miller's daughters Lizzie Lea Miller was also elected State Representative and the first women in the history of Tennessee to achieve this. The house has since been owned by only two other families. It has been operated as a bed and breakfast since 1985 by Owner and Inn Keeper Elaine Cox. Governors, Celebrities and even a Vice President have inquired about or stayed at Magnolia Manor.
Recently featured on HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk..." Magnolia Manor is also reportedly haunted. Regularly investigated by The Memphis Mid-South Ghost Hunters. Ghost tours are offered in October that included horse drawn wagon rides through Historic Bolivar. Call for tour times and more information or see our website for all the details.
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Owners: Elaine Cox
Open Since: 1995
We Accept: Checks, Mastercard and Visa
Price Range: Check with owner as prices may vary
No. of Rooms With Private Bath: 3
No. of Rooms With Shared Bath: 2
Dates Closed, if Any: Christmas Day & Thanksgiving Day
Location: In small town
Amenities: Air conditioning, Television in parlor, Fireplace in room, Antiques, Canopy beds, Room service, Full breakfast, Continental breakfast, No smoking, Pets possible (inquire), Children possible, Meeting rooms/facilities, Suites available, Guest cottages available, Guest-accessible kitchen facilities, Other meals upon special request and Discounts/specials available
Sight-Seeing: Museum and Historical site/district
Water Sports: Swimming, Canoe rentals and Fishing
Other Sports: Golf and Hunting
Out In The Town: Antique shops/malls, Shopping district, Theatre, Movie cinemas, Quilt auctions and Farmers market
Out In Nature: Bike trails, Hiking trails and Parks
Rides & Tours: Horse-drawn carriage rides
Memberships: (* = organization inspected the inn, + = organization is PAAAC approved)
* Fodor's, * Hardeman County Chamber of Commerce
Shiloh National Military Park, Pickwick Landing State Park, Chickasaw State Park, National Bird Dog Museum, Casey Jones Village & Museum
These recreational facilities and attractions are all within 50 miles of Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast.
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