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History of The Bell House Bed and Breakfast


Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, called this extraordinary Victorian, sitting on the Potomac River, his home during summer months. The picture at right is a side view.  The front of the house faces the River. 

Aptly named for its well known owner, The Bell House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Virginia Historic Landmark. 

The home was built in 1883 by Colonel J.O. P. Burnside, son of Civil War General Ambrose Burnside.  The Colonel lost the house to the U. S. Government in a lawsuit over pay irregularities in the Union Army accounts.

Owned next by Alexander Graham Bell’s father and then Alexander himself, the home overlooks a wide expanse of the Potomac River. 

Step back in time and enjoy the historical ambiance of the house and the hospitality of your hosts, Phil and Anne Bolin.  Every detail of the home reflects the quality and workmanship of a bygone era … beautifully illustrated by original hardwood flooring, stained glass windows, and scenic balconies. 

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