The Meadowlark Inn, a
Southern Vermont inn
, was originally a private homestead and working family farm, built in the 1870's. In reviewing land records at Town Hall, the property was once a great deal larger, up to 40 acres, but split off over time. Some of the land, as well, was property of the Brattleboro Retreat and Healthcare Center,(formerly the Vermont Asylum for the Insane). Today we continue to enjoy unspoiled meadows in our view everyday! Much of the land around the Inn was given to the Vermont Land Trust and is protected against development.
Over the years the
property changed hands many times, and on the handwritten records from the late 1800's the property was sold with the condition of "one yoke oxen, four cows, one yearling, all of the sap buckets and farming tools for $3000.00". We imagine how the ancient maples out front were once part of t the maple syrup production of the farm.
The Innkeepers, Lucia Osiecki and Deborah Jones, took over ownership of the Meadowlark Inn on July 31, 2002. Prior to innkeeping, Lucia and Debbie each spent over 26 years in the healthcare field, and after training at the Frontier Nursing Service we began working as Family Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives. This experience took us from the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky to a migrant family health clinic and out of hospital birthing center in southern Texas and finally to Nashua New Hampshire. Lucia is a graduate of the University of Vermont School of Nursing and is happy to come "full circle." Debbie is a graduate of the Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing in Philadelphia. Debbie continues to work in the health care field as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Comprehensive Care Clinic (HIV) at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
We both enjoy gardening and cooking and have attended the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. We incorporate local produce (including produce from our own gardens), syrup and eggs into our
. We have a raised bed organic garden that provides vegetables, edible flowers and herbs for the table as well as fresh cut flowers for
and the Inn. We sought out experience in the hospitality industry to prepare us to be innkeepers, including stints as a Breakfast Cook at the Cafe Amore in Ogunquit Maine, The Colby Hill Inn located in Henniker New Hampshire, and The Silks Restaurant at the Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro Massachusetts.
Over the years we have taken many courses in gardening, "how to be innkeepers" seminars, advanced pastry, small engine maintenance, beginners plumbing and business. As members of the Professional Innkeepers International, we plan to stay aware of current trends and the shared knowledge this organization offers.
Our last home was a restored New England farmhouse from the 1830's, so we were pleased to find this new labor of love with challenges of its own. We are dedicated to preserving the original parts of this wonderful home while providing visitors with modern comforts.
Welcome to the Meadowlark Inn!