Holladay House: 1989-Present

The History of the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange, Virginia


Holladay House Historic District    Soldier of Faith by Mort Kunstler        Portrait of Dr. Lewis Holladay, ca. 1940    An Historic Bed and Breakfast in Virginia
1830-1849  1849-1883  1883-1899  1899-1989    1989-Present


Holladay House, A Virginia Bed and Breakfast Inn

An historic Virginia innLewis “Pete” Holladay III inherited the Holladay House in 1988 and established the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast. Pete and his wife Phebe renovated the property and created the charming Main Street inn that exists today. Well-known for their hospitality (and Pete’s award-winning apple muffins!), these innkeepers continued their family’s tradition of serving their community from this historic Main Street landmark. In the year 2000, after 101 years of Holladay family ownership (12 of which were as a bed and breakfast in Virginia), the property left the Holladay family; but their legacy continues. The Holladay House Bed and Breakfast has operated as an historic Virginia bed and breakfast since 1989, making it the oldest continuously operating bed and breakfast in Orange, Virginia.

The current innkeepers, Samuel and Sharon Elswick, purchased the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in September 2006. Always conscious of their home’s antiquity, Sharon and Sam consider themselves to be the stewards of the Holladay House legacy, rather than its owners. The Holladay House has been central to the Main Street community since the early days of Orange, Virginia, and has survived as one of the oldest buildings on Main Street. It has witnessed the development of early Virginia, and served its growing community in both residential and professional capacities. It has had James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, pass by its front stoop. It has witnessed warfare in its streets, and observed the South’s greatest commanders going to worship. It survived the town’s most devastating calamity, the fire of 1908, when much of Orange completely burned to the ground. It has hosted weddings, birthed children, and reared families. It has helped heal the sick, and educate children. Truly, the Holladay House has left a deep impression in the colorful fabric of Orange history, and Sam and Sharon accept their stewardship with reverence and pride. 

Visit the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast and steep yourself in the history of Orange, the history of Virginia, and the history of America.

Follow the links below for more historical information!

1830- 1849: Construction and Early Residents

1849 – 1883: The Chapman Family and the American Civil War

1883 - 1899: MacDonald Family and the Methodist Parsonage

1899 - 1989: The Holladay Family

1989 - Present: Holladay House Bed and Breakfast


For information about local historical sites and heritage tourism, see our Travel Guide for Charlottesville, Orange, and Central Virginia.

To begin an adventure into history, visit our Virginia Travel Packages page, which includes special packages and itineraries for Heritage Tourism, Archaeology Travel, Civil War Sesquicentennial Events, and Civil War Tours.