Couple restores historic building into bed and breakfast in Chillicothe

The Willis-James Bed and Breakfast held it's official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct.  13, 2022.

CHILLICOTHE― After three years, the renovations of one of Chillicothe’s oldest buildings are complete and the Willis-James Bed and Breakfast is open for business.

Drew Musser and Steph Moore bought the building in 2019 and began to restore and renovate the five-bedroom home. They initially intended to fix up the house and flip it. However, after learning the history of the house, the duo decided to do a full restoration. The team aimed to preserve as much as the original architecture as possible, while still adding modern necessities.

The property was named from Nathaniel Willis and Thomas James, two historical figures who owned the home in the 1800s.

The home was built in 1805 by Nathaniel Willis, an apprentice to Benjamin Franklin, a participant in the Boston Tea Party and a newspaper tycoon. He owned and edited several newspapers, including the Scioto Gazette, now named the Chillicothe Gazette.

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