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Digging in the Past

As the Whitehaven Hotel is renovated, Ed Otter hunts for clues to its history July 27, 1997 - By BRICE STUMP, Daily Times Staff writer Archaeologist Ed Otter is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes as he picks into the earth around and under the old Whitehaven Hotel in search of clues to its past. He has uncovered bits of glassware, bone, metal and pottery. Nothing is made of silver or gold, but to Otter...

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Whitehaven Hotel gets $20,000: State funds to be used for restoration

October 10, 1996 - By TRACY SAHLER, Daily Times Staff writer WHITEHAVEN - The dream of restoring a more than 100-year-old hotel here became a reality Wednesday. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a plan for spending $200,000 in state and private funds on the project clearing the way for work to begin on the Whitehaven Hotel as soon as the end of November. Making the old hotel usable as a...

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October 10, 1996 – By TRACY SAHLER, Daily Times Staff writer

WHITEHAVEN – The dream of restoring a more than 100-year-old hotel here became a reality Wednesday.

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a plan for spending $200,000 in state and private funds on the project clearing the way for work to begin on the Whitehaven Hotel as soon as the end of November. Making the old hotel usable as a modern bed-and-breakfast — with its rural location, history and riverfront setting as attractions — while maintaining its historic character will take around $500,000 and at least a couple of years.

“We are just really elated that we’re finally going to move into fixing this building up,” said K. King Burnett, president of Wicomico County Historical Properties, which owns the hotel and will shepherd it through much of its restoration.

Restoration of the hotel will ill be a public-private venture, with state funds covering $140,000 of the work and private funds being used for the rest. Once all the state funds have been spent, Wicomico Historical Properties will turn the property over to Heron Properties, which is providing the private funds.

It is unusual for the state to allow the transfer of property within 15 years of the use of a restoration grant, and its agreement to the transfer shows its confidence in the plan for the hotel’s rehabilitation and the people who drafted it, said Michael Day, chief of the Office of Preservation Services of the Maryland Historical Trust. Wednesday’s decision by the Board of Public Works came after four years of preparation.

“There’s no question now something is going to happen, Day said. “We know that it’s going to happen, and it’s going to happen quickly.”

The Board of Public Works said $100,000 in private matching funds must be spent before the state’s $100,000 restoration grant could be used. The same restriction applies to a $40,000 grant from the Maryland Historical Trust. That grant has not yet been matched.

The hotel’s foundation will be worked on first, Burnett said. It must be replaced and the building must be raised slightly to be out of the flood plain. Work will then be done on the roof, and after that on the building itself.

Reprinted with permission of The Daily Times (Salisbury, MD)

This has become a favorite place to stay. This B&B is historic, well run, and offers great views of the Wicomoco River on the Eastern...Read More
Richard S.

This has become a favorite place to stay. This B&B is historic, well run, and offers great views of the Wicomoco River on the Eastern Shore. It is next to the oldest continuously operating ferry in the US.

A friend and I wanted to do something special to celebrate her 60th birthday. It was a lovely place, nestled right on the banks of...Read More
Trip Advisor Review

A friend and I wanted to do something special to celebrate her 60th birthday. It was a lovely place, nestled right on the banks of the Wicomico River. Cindy, the inn keeper was very courteous.

Whitehaven is the most beautiful town on the eastern shore. The Whitehaven Hotel is its centerpiece. A must see. Great weekend!!!  
Tom S.

Whitehaven is the most beautiful town on the eastern shore. The Whitehaven Hotel is its centerpiece. A must see. Great weekend!!!

 

Very unique property located right at the ferry that crosses the Wicomico River. Caretaker made an excellent breakfast and was enjoyable to talk to. Be...Read More
Verified traveler, NH – Expedia

Very unique property located right at the ferry that crosses the Wicomico River. Caretaker made an excellent breakfast and was enjoyable to talk to. Be aware that this is several miles from “civilization”.

 

Charming and idylic We arrived late and Cindy, the Innkeeper, was still there visiting with two other guests. We all sat in the living room,...Read More
Mark – Expedia

Charming and idylic

We arrived late and Cindy, the Innkeeper, was still there visiting with two other guests. We all sat in the living room, enjoyed a glass of wine, and chatted like old friends. There is a free ferry across from the Inn, along the river that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay. We talked to the ferry operator about the history of the ferry. He even offered to take us across the river simply to take photos. Cindy told us that if we take this ferry, we could cut about 40 minutes off our drive when we head out the next day. In the morning we were greeted with a fabulous home-made breakfast and more warm conversation. After checkout, we thanked Cindy, said good-bye to all our new friends and got in line for the ferry (which only takes 3 cars per trip). The same operator was there in the morning and greeted us with a huge hello. The setting of Whitehaven Hotel is quite beautiful and quaint. Our only complaint is that we were only staying one night. Would definitely stay here again.

A real gem on the riverside We stayed in this beautiful historic hotel for five nights in July this year and we enjoyed every minute...Read More
Johan E. – TripAdvisor

A real gem on the riverside

We stayed in this beautiful historic hotel for five nights in July this year and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. The Victorian Room was beautifully furnished and had a lovely view of the river.

Cindy was an excellent host and prepared a delicious breakfast everyday. We enjoyed a cup of coffee on the porch every morning before breakfast, and it was so quiet and peaceful. Thank you Cindy for making our stay so special.

Within minutes of arrival off the ferry we wished we’d booked more than one night. The stunning location, the comfortable room, the warm welcome and...Read More
CumbriaRoadtripper – TripAdvisor

Within minutes of arrival off the ferry we wished we’d booked more than one night. The stunning location, the comfortable room, the warm welcome and the wine and nibbles supplied, told us straight away that this was going to be one of the highlights of our three week trip.

On the owners recommendation we dined at the nearby Red Roost Crab Shack and then returned to spend a peaceful evening sitting in the porch with the other guests watching Ospreys on a nest just a few feet away. A comfortable night’s sleep and a wonderful breakfast meant we were reluctant to leave. Exactly what a rural B and B should be – highly recommended.

So beautiful and QUIET! If you want to get off the beaten path, the Whitehaven Hotel is the place to do it. I can't tell...Read More
Sue M. – TripAdvisor

So beautiful and QUIET!

If you want to get off the beaten path, the Whitehaven Hotel is the place to do it. I can’t tell you how quiet it is there…the grounds are spectacular, with beautiful flowers…dragon flies and little bunnies everywhere. The osprey nest out front is amazing. You don’t have to do anything or go anywhere to just chill out here. The breakfast is amazing and Cindy makes sure there are snacks, wine, and goodies 24/7 for your enjoyment!

A wonderful step back in time A beautifully restored historic hotel on the banks of the Wicomico River furnished with antiques. This is the place...Read More
Carol & Tony – TripAdvisor

A wonderful step back in time

A beautifully restored historic hotel on the banks of the Wicomico River furnished with antiques. This is the place to go for a peaceful, quiet and relaxing getaway. We stayed in the Victorian Bedroom with a panoramic view of the river and a working fireplace. The Whitehaven Ferry, circa 1687, docks right in front of the hotel. Cindy the innkeeper was an excellent host and also prepared a delicious gourmet breakfast for us. We enjoyed chatting with Cindy about the history of the hotel and the village. Thank you Cindy for our enjoyable stay.

We have been coming here for six years and Cindy, the innkeeper, makes it all worthwhile! She is absolutely the best and the reason we...Read More
BedandBreakfast.com Guest Review

We have been coming here for six years and Cindy, the innkeeper, makes it all worthwhile! She is absolutely the best and the reason we keep returning. Room, service, location all are outstanding. GO,GO,GO!!!! !

This was my second stay and just as wonderful as the first one. The historical Inn is stunning, furnished in period style, situated in a...Read More
BedandBreakfast.com Returning Guest Review

This was my second stay and just as wonderful as the first one. The historical Inn is stunning, furnished in period style, situated in a great location right on the bank of Wicomico River. The lovely innkeeper Cindy was as gracious and elegant as I remembered. This is a magical place, an easy drive from many attractions or a perfect place to kick back and relax.

What a great way to relax. The inn keeper is awesome, the home cooked breakfast is always spot on, and the hotel is tastefully decorated....Read More
Adam H. – Yelp

What a great way to relax. The inn keeper is awesome, the home cooked breakfast is always spot on, and the hotel is tastefully decorated. The complimentary wine and cookies and such that are served every evening are another small reason why this place is a cut above. If you’re looking for thumping music and lots of night life, this is not for you. The town is a whole thirty buildings strong (not as many people) and there really isn’t much to do but relax dockside with a drink or do some kayaking. The history behind the hotel is awesome and if you can enjoy the simple things in life this might be the place for you.

We had a really nice time at the Whitehaven Hotel. :) It was great that we were allowed to bring our dog to stay with...Read More
Jo Jo W. – Yelp

We had a really nice time at the Whitehaven Hotel. 🙂 It was great that we were allowed to bring our dog to stay with us in the Lincoln Room. The manager welcomed him with a handmade dog treat and lots of love. Our room was huge yet cozy. We really enjoyed the wine and cheese happy hour – we sat on the adirondack chairs in the beautiful back garden and watched the ferry go back and forth across the river, and then we sat on the porch swing and watched the sun dance on the water. The clawfoot tub was perfect for a relaxing soak. We fell asleep with the windows open, listening to geese honking and water lapping, and got a very good night’s sleep. Breakfast was delicious (frittata, a piece of apple tart, fresh tomato slices, bacon, coffee and OJ), and afterwards we took the kayaks out to explore a little. Wish we could have stayed longer to explore the store and the other natural areas near the inn.

Everything about this place is great!! It's the most welcoming place I have ever been to. We will definitely be back and we will absolutely...Read More
John G. – Facebook

Everything about this place is great!! It’s the most welcoming place I have ever been to. We will definitely be back and we will absolutely recommend it to everyone on this entire planet.

Beautiful historic hotel and beautiful grounds, great breakfast!
Karen T. – Facebook

Beautiful historic hotel and beautiful grounds, great breakfast!

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