Intimate countryside retreat in Hannibal, Missouri: for sale

Intimate countryside retreat in Hannibal, Missouri

Hannibal, Missouri, United States of America


2 475 000 USD

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
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Type: Guest House / B&B
Bedrooms: 11
Bathrooms: 11
Showers: 11
Parking: 30
Yield: Not Disclosed

History of our Mansion

The mansion is an historic bed and breakfast that has played an important role in the history of Hannibal, Missouri and in the life of the town’s most famous resident, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain).

Two of Samuel Clemens’ childhood friends remained close to him all his life: John and Helen Kercheval Garth. They entertained Clemens on visits to Hannibal and corresponded with him many times. Samuel Clemens, John Garth, and Helen Kercheval were all students at Mrs. Elizabeth Horr’s school and later at that of J. D. Dawson. John is probably one of the boys who provided Clemens with inspiration for the character Tom Sawyer.

John H. Garth was born to John and Emily Houston Garth in Rockbridge County, Virginia, on March 10, 1837. His family moved to Hannibal in 1844. Mr. Garth operated a tobacco business and cigar manufacturing concern. Mark Twain in his Autobiography recalled his early experience with Garth’s cigars: “In those days the native cigar was so cheap that a person who could afford anything could afford cigars. Mr. Garth had a great tobacco factory and he also had a small shop in the village for the retail sale of his products. He had one brand of cigars which even poverty itself was able to buy. He had these in stock a good many years and although they looked well enough on the outside, their insides had decayed to dust and would fly out like a puff of vapor when they were broken in two. This brand was very popular on account of its extreme cheapness. Mr. Garth had other brands which were cheap and some that were bad, but the supremacy over them enjoyed by this brand was indicated by its name. It was called ‘Garth’s damndest’. We used to trade old newspapers for that brand.”

Following the death of Mr. Garth, John’s older brother David ran the tobacco business under the name of D. T. Garth & Company. Of David, a recollection remains. “Mark Twain’s Letter to Will Brown” contains this passage: “We used to be in Dave Garth’s class in Sunday school and on weekdays stole his leaf tobacco to run our miniature tobacco presses with.”

John Garth left Hannibal to attend the University of Missouri, from which he graduated. He then returned to Hannibal as a junior partner in the tobacco business with his brother.

Helen Kercheval was born in Hannibal on July 18, 1838. She was the daughter of William Kercheval, a local tailor. Clemens wrote, “one of the prettiest of the schoolgirls was Helen Kercheval.”

John Garth and Helen Kercheval were married on October 18, 1860. They had two children, John David and Annie. Sometime after the Civil War broke out, in 1862 or 1863, Garth moved his family to New York City. There he was engaged in banking, brokerage, and manufacturing. They returned to Hannibal in 1871, and Garth started a successful business career. Garth purchased a farm southwest of Hannibal and constructed a large summer home, which he named “Woodside”. On the farm he raised and bred shorthorn and Jersey cattle. As a businessman, Garth entered many ventures. He was one of the organizers of the Farmers and Merchants Bank and served as its first vice-president. He became president in 1880, a position he held until near his death in 1899. He was also president of the Hannibal Lime Company, president of the Missouri Guarantee Savings and Building Association, and president of the Garth Lumber Company in Delta, Michigan.

In his notebook, Clemens jotted down his experience with Garth’s coachman. “Garth’s coachman called for me at 10 instead of 7:30 — excused himself by saying “De time is mos’ an hour and a half slower in de country en what it is in de town, you’ll be in plenty time, boss. Sometimes we shoves out early for church, Sunday mornins, and fetches up dah right plum in de middle er de sermon, diffunce in de time, a body can’t make no calculations ’bout it.”

Several letters followed the 1882 visit. John Garth wrote to Clemens in September and received a reply noting that the Clemens children were ill. When Life on the Mississippi was released, Clemens sent the Garths a copy. John Garth replied, “Thanks for the book. Each and everyone at Woodside have enjoyed it greatly.” A note from Clemens to his manager requested a copy of Huckleberry Finn to be sent to the Garths upon its release. John Garth died in 1899. His wife and daughter funded several memorials to him, including the Garth Memorial Library Building, dedicated in 1902, and a tower and set of bells at the Trinity Episcopal Church.

When Samuel Clemens visited Hannibal in 1902, he again visited Helen Garth and her daughter. They took him by carriage to Mt. Olivet Cemetery to visit his family’s graves and that of John Garth. Later they hosted a dinner at the Fifth Street house, which included another childhood friend, Laura Hawkins Frazer, the model for Becky Thatcher. Following the death of her husband, Helen Garth remained active in Hannibal business. In 1910 she was elected to the board of the Farmers and Merchants Bank, the first woman bank director in Hannibal. Mrs. Helen Kercheval Garth died in 1923.

Hannibal, Missouri

Hannibal is a city along the Mississippi River in Marion and Ralls counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 17,916, making it the largest city in Marion County. The bulk of the city is in Marion County, with a tiny sliver in the south extending into Ralls County.

Developed for river traffic, today the city is tied to vehicle traffic, intersected by Interstate 72 and U.S. Routes 2436, and 61. It is across the river from East Hannibal, Illinois. Hannibal is approximately 100 miles (160 km) northwest of St. Louis (also bordering the Mississippi), 210 miles (340 km) east-northeast of Kansas City and 194 miles (312 km) miles east of Saint Joseph (both cities on the Missouri River), and approximately 100 miles (160 km) west of Springfield, Illinois.

Hannibal is not the county seat, but it has one of two county courthouses. There is also one in Palmyra, the county seat, which is located more centrally in the county. Hannibal is the principal city of the Hannibal, Missouri micropolitan area, which consists of both Marion and Ralls counties.


Missouri is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. With more than six million residents, it is the 19th-most populous state of the country. The largest urban areas are St. LouisKansas CitySpringfield and Columbia; the capital is Jefferson City. The state is the 21st-most extensive in area. Missouri is bordered by eight states (tied for the most with Tennessee): Iowa to the north, IllinoisKentucky and Tennessee (via the Mississippi River) to the east, Arkansas to the south and OklahomaKansas and Nebraska to the west. In the south are the Ozarks, a forested highland, providing timber, minerals, and recreation. The Missouri River, after which the state is named, flows through the center of the state into the Mississippi River, which makes up Missouri's eastern border.

Humans have inhabited the land now known as Missouri for at least 12,000 years. The Mississippian culture built cities and mounds, before declining in the 14th century. When European explorers arrived in the 17th century, they encountered the Osage and Missouria nations. The French established Louisiana, a part of New France, founding Ste. Genevieve in 1735 and St. Louis in 1764. After a brief period of Spanish rule, the United States acquired the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Americans from the Upland South, including enslaved African Americans, rushed into the new Missouri Territory. Missouri was admitted as a slave state as part of the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Many from VirginiaKentucky and Tennessee settled in the Boonslick area of Mid-Missouri. Soon after, heavy German immigration formed the Missouri Rhineland.

Missouri played a central role in the westward expansion of the United States, as memorialized by the Gateway Arch. The Pony ExpressOregon TrailSanta Fe Trail and California Trail all began in Missouri. As a border state, Missouri's role in the American Civil War was complex and there were many conflicts within. After the war, both Greater St. Louis and the Kansas City metropolitan area became centers of industrialization and business. Today the state is divided into 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis.

Missouri's culture blends elements from the Midwestern and Southern United States. The musical styles of ragtimeKansas City jazz and St. Louis blues developed in Missouri. The well-known Kansas City-style barbecue and lesser-known St. Louis-style barbecue, can be found across the state and beyond. Missouri is also a major center of beer brewing; Anheuser-Busch is the world's largest producer. Missouri wine is produced in the Missouri Rhineland and Ozarks. Missouri's alcohol laws are among the most permissive in the United States. Outside of the state's major cities, popular tourist destinations include the Lake of the OzarksTable Rock Lake and Branson.

Well-known Missourians include Chuck BerrySheryl CrowWalt DisneyEdwin HubbleNellyBrad PittHarry S. Truman, and Mark Twain. Some of the largest companies based in the state include CernerExpress ScriptsMonsantoEmerson ElectricEdward JonesH&R BlockWells Fargo AdvisorsCentene Corporation, and O'Reilly Auto Parts. Well-known universities in Missouri include the University of MissouriMissouri Western State UniversitySaint Louis UniversityWashington University in St. Louis. Missouri has been called the "Mother of the West" and the "Cave State", but its most famous nickname is the "Show Me State".

Admission as a state in 1821

The states and territories of the United States as a result of Missouri's admission as a state on August 10, 1821. The remainder of the former Missouri Territory became an unorganized territory.

In 1821, the former Missouri Territory was admitted as a slave state, under the Missouri Compromise, and with temporary state capital in St. Charles. In 1826, the capital was shifted to its current, permanent location of Jefferson City, also on the Missouri River.

Originally the state's western border was a straight line, defined as the meridian passing through the Kawsmouth, the point where the Kansas River enters the Missouri River. The river has moved since this designation. This line is known as the Osage Boundary. In 1836 the Platte Purchase was added to the northwest corner of the state after purchasing of the land from the native tribes, making the Missouri River the border north of the Kansas River. This addition increased the land area of what was already the largest state in the Union at the time (about 66,500 square miles (172,000 km2) to Virginia's 65,000 square miles, which then included West Virginia).

In the early 1830s, Mormon migrants from northern states and Canada began settling near Independence and areas just north of there. Conflicts over religion and slavery arose between the 'old settlers' (mainly from the South) and the Mormons (mainly from the North). The Mormon War erupted in 1838. By 1839, with the help of an "Extermination Order" by Governor Lilburn Boggs, the old settlers forcefully expelled the Mormons from Missouri and confiscated their lands.

Conflicts over slavery exacerbated border tensions among the states and territories. From 1838 to 1839, a border dispute with Iowa over the so-called Honey Lands resulted in both states' calling-up of militias along the border.

With increasing migration, from the 1830s to the 1860s, Missouri's population almost doubled with every decade. Most newcomers were American-born, but many Irish and German immigrants arrived in the late 1840s and 1850s. As a majority were Catholic, they set up their own religious institutions in the state, which had been mostly Protestant. Many settled in cities, creating a regional and then state network of Catholic churches and schools. Nineteenth-century German immigrants created the wine industry along the Missouri River and the beer industry in St. Louis.

While many German immigrants were strongly anti-slavery, many Irish immigrants living in cities were pro-slavery, fearing that liberating African-American slaves would create a glut of unskilled labor, driving wages down.

Most Missouri farmers practiced subsistence farming before the American Civil War. The majority of those who held slaves had fewer than five each. Planters, defined by some historians as those holding twenty slaves or more, were concentrated in the counties known as "Little Dixie," in the central part of the state along the Missouri River. The tensions over slavery chiefly had to do with the future of the state and nation. In 1860, enslaved African Americans made up less than 10% of the state's population of 1,182,012. In order to control the flooding of farmland and low-lying villages along the Mississippi, the state had completed construction of 140 miles (230 km) of levees along the river by 1860.

American Civil War

After the secession of Southern states began in 1861, the Missouri legislature called for the election of a special convention on secession. Pro-Southern Governor Claiborne F. Jackson ordered the mobilization of several hundred members of the state militia who had gathered in a camp in St. Louis for training. Alarmed at this action, Union General Nathaniel Lyon struck first, encircling the camp and forcing the state troops to surrender. Lyon directed his soldiers, largely non-English-speaking German immigrants, to march the prisoners through the streets, and they opened fire on the largely hostile crowds of civilians who gathered around them. Soldiers killed unarmed prisoners as well as men, women, and children of St. Louis in the incident that became known as the "St. Louis Massacre".

These events heightened Confederate support within the state. Governor Jackson appointed Sterling Price, president of the convention on secession, as head of the new Missouri State Guard. In the face of Union General Lyon's rapid advance through the state, Jackson and Price were forced to flee the capital of Jefferson City on June 14, 1861. In Neosho, Missouri, Jackson called the state legislature into session to call for secession. However, the elected legislative body was split between pro-Union and pro-Confederate. As such, few of the pro-unionist attended the session called in Neosho, and the ordinance of secession was quickly adopted. The Confederacy recognized Missouri secession on October 30, 1861.

With the elected governor absent from the capital and the legislators largely dispersed, the state convention was reassembled with most of its members present, save twenty who fled south with Jackson's forces. The convention declared all offices vacant and installed Hamilton Gamble as the new governor of Missouri. President Lincoln's administration immediately recognized Gamble's government as the legal Missouri government. The federal government's decision enabled raising pro-Union militia forces for service within the state and volunteer regiments for the Union Army.

Fighting ensued between Union forces and a combined army of General Price's Missouri State Guard and Confederate troops from Arkansas and Texas under General Ben McCulloch. After winning victories at the battle of Wilson's Creek and the siege of Lexington, Missouri and suffering losses elsewhere, the Confederate forces retreated to Arkansas and later Marshall, Texas, in the face of a largely reinforced Union Army.

Though regular Confederate troops staged some large-scale raids into Missouri, the fighting in the state for the next three years consisted chiefly of guerrilla warfare. "Citizen soldiers" or insurgents such as Captain William QuantrillFrank and Jesse James, the Younger brothers, and William T. Anderson made use of quick, small-unit tactics. Pioneered by the Missouri Partisan Rangers, such insurgencies also arose in portions of the Confederacy occupied by the Union during the Civil War. Historians have portrayed stories of the James brothers' outlaw years as an American "Robin Hood" myth.[The vigilante activities of the Bald Knobbers of the Ozarks in the 1880s were an unofficial continuation of insurgent mentality long after the official end of the war, and they are a favorite theme in Branson's self-image.


Missouri is landlocked and borders eight different states, a figure equaled only by its neighbor, Tennessee. Missouri is bounded by Iowa on the north; by IllinoisKentucky, and Tennessee across the Mississippi River on the east; on the south by Arkansas; and by OklahomaKansas, and Nebraska (the last across the Missouri River) on the west. Whereas the northern and southern boundaries are straight lines, the Missouri Bootheel extends south between the St. Francis and the Mississippi rivers. The two largest rivers are the Mississippi (which defines the eastern boundary of the state) and the Missouri River (which flows from west to east through the state), essentially connecting the two largest metros of Kansas City and St. Louis.

Although today it is usually considered part of the Midwest,[60] Missouri was historically seen by many as a border state, chiefly because of the settlement of migrants from the South and its status as a slave state before the Civil War, balanced by the influence of St. Louis. The counties that made up "Little Dixie" were those along the Missouri River in the center of the state, settled by Southern migrants who held the greatest concentration of slaves.

In 2005, Missouri received 16,695,000 visitors to its national parks and other recreational areas totaling 101,000 acres (410 km2), giving it $7.41 million in annual revenues, 26.6% of its operating expenditures.


Missouri is home to diverse flora and fauna, including several endemic species.[65] There is a large amount of fresh water present due to the Mississippi RiverMissouri RiverTable Rock Lake and Lake of the Ozarks, with numerous smaller tributary rivers, streams, and lakes. North of the Missouri River, the state is primarily rolling hills of the Great Plains, whereas south of the Missouri River, the state is dominated by the Oak-Hickory Central U.S. hardwood forest.


Recreational and commercial uses of public forests, including grazing, logging, and mining, increased after World War II. Fishermen, hikers, campers, and others started lobbying to protect forest areas with a "wilderness character." During the 1930s and 1940s Aldo LeopoldArthur Carhart and Bob Marshall developed a "wilderness" policy for the Forest Service. Their efforts bore fruit with the Wilderness Act of 1964, which designated wilderness areas "where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by men, where man himself is a visitor and does not remain." This included second growth public forests like the Mark Twain National Forest.


Missouri generally has a humid continental climate with cool, sometimes cold, winters and hot, humid, and wet summers. In the southern part of the state, particularly in the Bootheel, the climate becomes humid subtropical. Located in the interior United States, Missouri often experiences extreme temperatures. Without high mountains or oceans nearby to moderate temperature, its climate is alternately influenced by air from the cold Arctic and the hot and humid Gulf of Mexico. Missouri's highest recorded temperature is 118 °F (48 °C) at Warsaw and Union on July 14, 1954, while the lowest recorded temperature is −40 °F (−40 °C) also at Warsaw on February 13, 1905.

Located in Tornado Alley, Missouri also receives extreme weather in the form of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. On May 22, 2011, a massive EF-5 tornado, killed 158 people and destroyed roughly one-third of the city of Joplin. The tornado caused an estimated $1–3 billion in damages, killed 159 people and injured more than a thousand. It was the first EF5 to hit the state since 1957 and the deadliest in the U.S. since 1947, making it the seventh deadliest tornado in American history and 27th deadliest in the world. St. Louis and its suburbs also have a history of experiencing particularly severe tornadoes, the most recent memorable one being an EF4 that damaged Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on April 22, 2011. One of the worst tornadoes in American history struck St. Louis on May 27, 1896, killing at least 255 and causing $10 million in damage (equivalent to $3.9 billion in 2009 or $4.7 billion in today's dollars).


The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Missouri was 6,137,428 on July 1, 2019, a 2.48% increase since the 2010 United States Census.

Missouri had a population of 5,988,927, according to the 2010 Census; an increase of 137,525 (2.3 percent) since the year 2010. From 2010 to 2018, this includes a natural increase of 137,564 people since the last census (480,763 births less 343,199 deaths) and an increase of 88,088 people due to net migration into the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 50,450 people, and migration within the country produced a net increase of 37,638 people. More than half of Missourians (3,294,936 people, or 55.0%) live within the state's two largest metropolitan areas—St. Louis and Kansas City. The state's population density 86.9 in 2009, is also closer to the national average (86.8 in 2009) than any other state.

In 2011, the racial composition of the state was:

In 2011, 3.7% of the total population was of Hispanic or Latino origin (they may be of any race).

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Key features

Our Mansion has consistently been the Bed and Breakfast of the state of Missouri providing the ultimate luxury and friendliness most have come to appreciate and love.

What We Offer

Let us know before your arrival and we are quite often able to acquire tours of several mansions in Hannibal and Quincy, Illinois.


You may choose a room in the cottage with all the amenities you desire or opt for a cottage for the ultimate privacy and access mansion whenever you like!

View 8 Rooms and 3 Cottages in our Historic Mansion!

Browse our stately-appointed rooms and cottages decorated with late 19th century antiques and decor. 

Sitting on over 36 acres there is plenty of private areas and nice areas to visit with others as well. Each room is double-checked for excellence prior to your arrival, and the attention to detail continues throughout your stay.

John Garth Room

This stately Master Bedroom suite hosts the original furniture that John Garth brought in for his own use. A grand-sized queen bed with a hand-carved headboard over 10 feet tall.

The original Carrera Marble fireplace now burns gas instead of the original coal-burning furnace (remote controlled). Often referred to as a honeymoon or anniversary suite, this bedroom features a beautiful custom-made two-person whirlpool jetted tub.

You will notice the design emulates the 2nd story veranda to keep in touch with the motif. Yes, there is a separate shower, too.

Original furniture made for the mansion 160 years ago.

Samuel Clemens Room

An often requested room is the guest room in which Mark Twain stayed. Anytime Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) came to visit Hannibal since he had moved out at 18, he would stay at our Mansion in this very room.

There are three ten-foot windows, one with a front view, and two on the garden side. View the front lawn and gardens while looking out your room’s windows, with the original panes of glass.

This room has a private bath with a shower. An exquisite queen-size, half-tester bed wraps you in luxurious comfort.

There is also the original Carrera marble (remote-controlled, gas-burning) fireplace.

Rosewood Room

A unique experience is yours as you focus on this signed half-tester queen-size bed made by renowned fine furniture makers of the 1800s, Mitchell & Rammelsburg.

Your surroundings will nestle you to a peaceful sleep. Queen-size bed, private bath with original to the mansion claw-foot tub/shower. This was Helen Garth’s room originally, as it had the largest closet and did originally have a door to his room (now Avie’s Room).

Mrs. Garth put in the claw foot tub and original marble sink in 1900 after John died in 1899. Please note you do need to step into the claw foot tub to take a shower.

Known as the most expensive bed in Missouri that you can sleep on, you will be surrounded by many beautiful period pieces.

Avie's Room

Named after John’s Great Aunt Avie, this large room is the brightest bedroom in the mansion. This room sets the stage for romance with its pastel blue and white. The morning sun filters through the lace curtains.

A laced full canopy floats over your queen-sized feather bed hung from the 12-foot high ceiling. The room has a private bath with a shower. The remote-controlled fireplace features the original Carrera marble.

This room was originally John Garth’s room; it adjoined the Rosewood Room years ago. It is originally part of the master suite.

Woodside Room

A quiet retreat is easy in this honeymoon suite. A queen-sized bed, a private bath with a shower and also a two-person whirlpool tub.

The hypoallergenic featherbed and a toasty warm gas-burning fireplace are assurances your desires will be fulfilled. High thread count sheets and an oversized whirlpool.

Now you know why this is one of our honeymoon suites. But all the more reason to stay for your anniversary.

Country Fair Room

A warm room done in mauve with a ribbon border surrounds this wonderful room. A queen-sized canopy bed and lots of charm will be yours. Alone together, turn your back on the outside world.

There are two windows in this large open room facing the east and the wooded side to the south. Even on the third floor, not another house can be seen.

This room also has a private bath with a shower en suite.

Oden Rogers Room

A rich teal and mauve floral wallpaper, lace canopy over a Queen-sized feather bed, and a remote-controlled gas fireplace set the mood for the perfect private get-away.

This room has a private bath with a shower.

Hillside Room

The focal point of the spacious Hillside Room is a newly restored queen-sized bed. The four-poster antique bed is now a queen size, but the room is still very open and warm. Views of the hillside and llamas will surely please.

There’s only one window in the room. This room features a private bath with a shower.

And yes, the WiFi reaches all the rooms; this has a great desk for business folks.

The perfect room to get away to and spend quality time together in.


Dowager House

Also known as ‘The Cottage at the Garth’, The Dowager House provides the most romantic accommodations our Mansion in Hannibal, Missouri, has to offer. We wanted to build a secluded cottage that would offer the ultimate accommodations for romance and privacy for guests of our Mansion desiring a romantic Missouri vacation.

Breakfast is set up for you in your private dining room.  Once it is set the “ready” light is turned on to let you know it is time to enjoy a special breakfast just for you.

What resulted was the spectacular, two-story stone Dowager House, now offering the perfect refuge for romance.

This is most definitely the most luxurious and romantic accommodation our Mansion has to offer.

This Cottage was created for two guests only and features a King-sized bed.

Woodside Trail Cottage

The Woodside Trail Cottage is nestled a little farther into our woods. This two-room, one-bath cottage features a queen-sized hypoallergenic feather bed. The kitchenette includes a mini sink, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, ice machine, and a mini-fridge stocked with soda and water on your arrival.

The living room consists of a comfortable couch and two heavenly gliding chairs just waiting for you to settle yourself in to watch movies on the big screen TV. A duel window fireplace lets you watch the fire from either the living room or the bedroom.

The bedroom also has a TV and back door leading to a private deck with a wonderful Hot Springs Tub. The water is always hot and ready for you to slide in and enjoy the awaiting water therapy. On the outside wall, speakers connected to the amp player inside allow you to relax in the hot tub while listening to the music of your choice.

Woodside View Cottage

The Woodside View’s interior is decorated in shades of red and settled a little closer to the mansion. This two-room, one-bath cottage features a queen-sized hypoallergenic feather bed. The kitchenette includes a mini sink, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, and a mini-fridge stocked with soda and water on your arrival.

The living room consists of a comfortable couch and two heavenly gliding chairs just waiting for you to settle yourself in to watch cable or movies on the big screen TV. A duel window fireplace lets you watch the fire from either the living room or the bedroom.

The bedroom also has a TV and back door leading to a private deck with a wonderful Hot Springs Tub. The water is always hot and ready for you to slide in and enjoy the awaiting water therapy. On the outside wall, speakers connected to the compact disc player inside allow you to relax in the hot tub while listening to the music of your choice.

The bathroom has an extra-large floor space and a shower. Your towels will also be toasty warm when you get out of the shower after hanging on our heated towel rack. The bathroom features two doors one leading to the living room and one to the bedroom so if you stay with another couple no one has to walk by someone sleeping. Are you coming with another couple? The living room has a Queen-sized Murphy feather bed that pulls down from the wall, not one you might put a relative on. Nothing like a sleeper sofa.

Our Breakfast

Enjoy a delicious breakfast, the most important meal of the day, at our Missouri bed and breakfast. Some of our very best country inn recipes and secrets are served for breakfast. Come see why presentation is not the only thing our B&B guests rave about.

What is to be served for breakfast varies. Always the freshest of fruits warm breads. Hot entrees, either sweet or savoury are on the menu each morning. We are happy to accommodate our guests’ special dietary needs. So make sure when you make your reservation you mention them. We aim to please, and breakfast is one more way we get to do just that. Enjoy!


Time magazine at one point listed 12 different types of Vegetarians/Vegans. I think there are really either 6 or 7. Meat, no meat, with or without faces, some only eat berries, and some eat absolutely everything when is no one is looking! One of our favourite guests tells me she is vegan unless we are serving bacon or filet mignon. And she is serious, we love her! She’s trying! So when making your reservation, let me know just how much of a vegan you are.

Gluten, Dairy, Meat and Eggs?

We can make a great breakfast with each of them out of the picture. Just let us know before you sit down for breakfast and we can whip something up just for you! I even have a great recipe for muffins without eggs, wheat, or animal by-products like gelatin. If you are gluten-free please mention if it is a way of life versus a true medical condition so we can watch any gluten cross-contamination.

Business Traveller?

Our business travellers usually need breakfast early. Depending on how early we can always offer a fresh fruit cup (which is generally at least a dozen different fruits) and a great muffin and/or yogurt. This is served any hour, just let us know how early you need to be at the plant, hospital, office or whenever your travels take you that day.


Of all the wedding venues in Missouri, our Mansion is certainly one of the best! We offer newly engaged couples a fabulous wedding venue in Hannibal, Missouri, with personalized planning services all in one easy package. Our beautiful historical mansion and bed and breakfast is an experience all its own, add in our manicured property, additional cottage space and attentive owners and you won’t find a better place to host your special celebration.

Whether you envisioned a simple backyard wedding, a small intimate wedding or the eloquence of a grand mansion venue, our facilities offer an array of options and appeal to a large number of styles and tastes.

The Perfect Mansion Wedding

Start planning your perfect outdoor wedding in Hannibal, Missouri! The gardens and property features of our Mansion accentuate every aspect of the outdoor beauty one would want for their special day! Whether you want something small like a backyard wedding or something much larger we can help!

The idea of getting married in a mansion is extremely appealing to many, and if you are one of those couples who love the idea of fine things, with beautiful details and grand scenery, you should consider how our Mansion can complete that dream for you.

The Victorian eloquence of our beautiful bed and breakfast offers couples a unique historical wedding venue to use in all or some of their wedding planning details. we are a one-stop-shop for your beautiful estate wedding.

Enjoy Our All-Inclusive Missouri Wedding Packages

At our Mansion, we know you have a wide array of wedding venues to choose from when you begin your journey toward the perfect wedding. Our selection of Missouri wedding packages are designed to offer all-inclusive planning with customized services. Enjoy the beauty of a private wedding site with multiple features and facility options as well as a professional staff dedicated to every detail of your wedding dream.

Your wedding is a day all about you and your future spouse beginning your lives together. We want to keep the comfort and subtle joy of married life, present in both your ceremony and reception while allowing your guests to feel as if you have opened up your heart to them for one perfect day.

Wedding Package Inclusions

Once we are given your colours and flower preference or cake flavour and ideas we begin the process of developing your perfect wedding. We love viewing your Pinterest page to help us understand your ideas and personal style. Our wedding packages are designed to include all the basics and to be completely worry-free. Additional all-inclusive package options are also available. The only thing you really need to worry about is showing up on time. We do the rest!

The pricing includes but is not limited to:

  • Wedding venue of choice
  • Ceremony
  • Officiant
  • Rehearsal
  • Chivari Black Wedding Chairs for Reception
  • Basic wedding cake/cupcakes
  • Reception with entree choices
  • White china for your dinner along with stainless steel silverware
  • Tablescape complete with linens, table decorations, chair bows
  • Fresh flowers for your reception

We use our own pastry chef for our cakes, and all catering is done on-site in the Garth kitchen. Flowers by a local florist are assembled onsite just prior to the wedding, not days before.

Call to make your appointment for a personal tour of our Missouri wedding venue and to discuss our various wedding package options.

Attractions Nearby

Mark Twain Cave

The cave was made famous by the author Mark Twain. Mark Twain grew up in Hannibal and had spent much of his childhood playing in the cave near his home. His memory of the cave stayed with him into adulthood and eventually became immortalized in his writings.

Mark Twain Museum

The frame house known as the Mark Twain Boyhood Home was constructed around 1843 or 1844. The John Marshall Clemens family lived here until leaving town in 1853. Following their departure, this became a rental property.

Karlock's Kars and Pop Culture

Classic Cars & Pop Culture Memorabilia!

A collection of vintage cars and memorabilia of pop culture over the decades.

Hannibal River Cruises

Join us aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat and experience the magic of the Mighty Mississippi! Take in the beautiful sights on our Sightseeing Cruise, or enjoy a night of dinner and dancing on the Dinner Cruise.

Hannibal Arts Council

The Hannibal Arts Council is a 501©3 organization founded in 1976 to enhance the quality of life in Hannibal. What started out as a group of community leaders with an idea has grown into a multi-discipline community arts agency.

Native American Trading Company

Authentic Native American crafts, clothing and more in Downtown Hannibal, Missouri.

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283

Skype: cliff.jacobs


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