The SpaceThe available guest room was Frances Powell’s bedroom. The spacious front room is still decorated in wall paper that Frances selected in the 1920’s. In the summer, it overlooks a sea of pink crepe myrtles that were transplanted from the nearby Powell farm to the side lawn in the 1940’s. The room has its own heating/air conditioning unit, mini-refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffee maker, toaster oven, table and chairs. The room contains a Stearns and Foster queen-sized bed with fresh linens, a comfortable twin bed, a cozy reading chair and an antique desk. The full private bath attached to the room features the house’s original cast iron pedestal tub and a separate shower. Also included in the guest room is a television (17 channels and Netflix) and wireless internet access. The room still boasts the old wide (restrung) blinds installed by the Powells; these do not necessarily block out all light that pours into this south-facing room on a sunny morning. The guest room does not feature its own separate entrance, but is accessed by ascending the grand staircase in the large front hall. Guest AccessThe Beaton-Powell House is minutes away from the sites of the Nat Turner Rebellion (although the house was not built until some 26 years after the Rebellion). Boykins’ small business district, including a café, gift shop, antique store, bank, and a post office, are all just steps away. Southampton County, however, is still a quiet, agriculturally-based area (growing peanuts, cotton, soybeans, and corn). Cities and attractions such as Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg are all about 1 ½ hours away, each place a wonderful destination for an easy day trip. Petersburg and Petersburg National Battlefield (i.e., the Crater) are about an hour away. Historic Murfreesboro, NC, and its Chowan University are 15 minutes away. While Boykins' one café opens sporadically, there is an assortment of great, independently owned restaurants with regular hours in Murfreesboro. These restaurant options include steaks and seafood, classic southern home cooking, American, and Italian; there is a map of Murfreesboro restaurants in the guest room.
My home is also home to three cats and a dog. This is not the destination for you if you have an allergy to pets or fragrances. You are welcome to bring a dog if he or she gets along with cats and other dogs, but the dog may not be left alone in the guest room when you leave the house. No smoking is allowed in the house or on the property. Off-road parking (for one vehicle) is included. Guests may make use of the washer and dryer, but these are shared, and so guests are not assured exclusive access to these appliances. Interaction with GuestsI am in and out of the house, and I always have thoughts about day-trip destinations! There are also a variety of travel brochures for various day trips on the desk in the guest room. Other Things to NoteDespite what your GPS may tell you, if you are traveling south via I-95S, take Virginia Exit 41-Courtland. This will put you on Route 35 South, the historic and scenic Plank Road. Route 35 South runs right past our house. It is a much longer trip if you travel to Emporia as some GPS's suggest. If you are traveling north via I-95 N, take North Carolina Exit 176. Travel east on NC Highway 46 toward Garysburg, NC, until you reach US-301. Take a left on 301 and an immediate right onto NC-186, which will take you all the way into Boykins, VA. Turn left in Boykins onto Route 35 North (Main Street), and our house will be the third one on the left.
Please be careful of speed limits in our town and surrounding small towns. It is way too easy to get a speeding ticket, a huge disappointment and source of distress to a vacationing spirit!