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Mineral welcomes opening of new bed and breakfast

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

The inn on Mineral Avenue hopes to open its doors as a bed and breakfast in May, provided the restoration is completed.

The town of Mineral may soon add a bed and breakfast to its list of attractions.

The Dunnlora Inn on Mineral Avenue is in the process of being restored to its former glory and hopes to open its doors next year.

“We want to bring it back to life,” Shenia Wong, the inn’s new owner said. “Thousands of people have come through these doors and we just want to open it up to the public again.”

The building, which sits at the intersection of Mineral Avenue and 8th Street in the town of Mineral, was built in 1916 by George and Selina Ergenbright. Shortly afterward, they deeded the house to two of Selina’s nieces, Mary and Susie Dunn.

“We don’t know for sure where the name Dunnlora came from, but we think it came from their last name,” Wong said

One of Susie’s nieces, Sarah Ward, operated a boarding house, named the Dunnlora Inn, in the building from 1923 to 1948. The house remained in the family until May of 2016, when Wong purchased it.

“I have always been fascinated by old houses,” she said. “I’ve been obsessed with them since I was a kid. I’m always looking at old houses on [real estate website] Zillow.com.”

To read the entire story, see the Dec. 7 edition of The Central Virginian.