CHARLOTTE-The public was invited to join the Bower family of Charlotte last week for a special open house event at the Inn at Charlotte Bed and Breakfast located on State Park Road.
The inn's common room and guest rooms were open for viewing. There was a bocce ball tournament in the afternoon and the nets were up on the tennis court so people could enjoy playing at their leisure. Live music featured several local musicians-Jesse French and his band Metameric, Robin Reid and others. Snacks and drinks were offered.
Since 2002, Duker and Josefina Bower, together with their three children-Corinna, Leila, and Ezekiel-have enjoyed sharing their home with guests from all over the world.
The inn and family residence was built around a former one-room schoolhouse that served area students up until the early 1950s.
Guy Cheng, a jeweler and tennis champion, bought the property and he converted the schoolhouse into a silversmith studio. Cheng built the swimming pool, tennis court and surrounding residence.
Cheng sold the place to the Ellingers who soon began running a guesthouse in the shadow of Mt. Philo State Park. Leddy Ellinger was known for serving delicious meals and the Inn at Charlotte Bed and Breakfast gained its reputation as a desirable place to visit. The Bowers have continued this tradition since leaving Massachusetts to reside in Vermont.
Today, the building that was the former one-room schoolhouse is Duker Bower's painting studio and home of Mt. Philo Gallery. Some of his work is currently on display at the Starry Night Caf in Ferrisburgh.