The Blue Rose Bed and Breakfast is a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1894 as a wedding present for Frank Eastwood and Mary Frances Seymour Van Dorn. The Van Dorn and Seymour families were very highly respected and influential business people. The Van Dorn’s were in the business of banking and insurance.
The Seymour family can be traced back to England in 1600s. Many members of the family were activists, lawyers and politicians. Women’s rights activist, Mary Catherine Seymour Howell, was the aunt of the original homeowner and was born in Mount Morris. Horatio Seymour, son of Henry and Molly Seymour, ran for the US Presidency in 1868 against Ulysses S. Grant after serving twice as the Governor of New York.
The house was built by Peter Axe, a local architect who built four Victorian homes in Mount Morris in the 1890’s. It was the first house in Mount Morris to add electricity and was well-known for its third-floor ballroom, host to many Victorian parties.
Meet Your Innkeepers
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take,
but by the moments that take your breath away.”
Our love of Victorian architecture and preserving its’ history has led us to a new chapter in our forty-five years of marriage. With our two sons grown with families of their own, we started searching for a Victorian home to restore as a Bed and Breakfast. We began renovating an 1894 Queen Anne Victorian over eight years ago along with revitalizing its’ gardens after moving to the historic Village of Mount Morris.
Throughout our years together, David and I have always been active in our community. First, in our hometown of Le Roy, David coached youth baseball, football, and soccer for many years while I supported the Garden Club, Historical Society, Leader Group, and started the Le Roy Sports Boosters. Now in Mount Morris, we have continued our community involvement supporting the new Garden Club, Mt. Morris Historical Society, and Partners for Progress with fundraising activities and local projects.
We look forward to sharing our home’s 125-year history with you as well as our love for the Victorian era. Our home has been lovingly restored with period antiques along with all of the modern amenities. Return to the romance of yesteryear and create your own special moments that take your breath away. See you there!
David and Michele Shaughnessy, Innkeepers