Photo Gallery

B.J. Sowers Library 

b. 1920, d. 2007

B.J., who was an integral part of the Roundtown Players group lived in this house for nearly 40 years. She was an aspiring artist, but her mother convinced her to study business administration. B.J. never gave up her dream of encouraging the arts in Circleville, often acting, designing sets, and directing plays. In her later years, she made this library room her special room. 

Genevieve Estelle Jones

b. 1847, d. 1879

Genevieve, known as the "other Audubon", produced a volume of 130 lithographs of birds' nests and eggs from Ohio birds, which has received international praise for its scholarship and artistic quality. Her brother, Howard, collected the nests. Her father, Nelson, and her mother, Virginia were encouraging family members of the project, which Genevieve proposed after seeing the Audubon collection at the Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia. When Gennie died unexpectedly of typhoid fever, her mother and several female friends completed the work. There were proposed 100 volumes, only 90 were completed; fifty-three of them were hand-colored. There are only 26 complete hand-colored copies and eight uncolored still existing in USA, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Queen size bed

$125 per night (including tax) 

Theodore Leopold Friedman

(Ted Lewis)

b. 1890, d. 1971

Ted was born in Circleville, but went on to become a famous American entertainer, bandleader, singer, and musician. He led a band and was known as "Mr. Entertainment". His famous slogan was "Is everybody happy?" He was one of the first Northern musicians to imitate the New Orleans jazz musicians and became known for his style of syncopated jazz. Many famous musicians trained with Ted Lewis, among them: Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, and Tommy Dorsey. One of his most memorable songs was "Me and My Shadow". 

Full size bed

$100 per night (including tax) 

Caleb Atwater

b. 1778, d. 1867

Caleb Atwater was born in N. Adams Massachusetts and came to Circleville in 1815.

He had been a schoolmaster, Presbyterian minister and lawyer. He also entered into business, but was not successful at any of these adventures. In Circleville, he was a postmaster and also served in the State Legislature. He supported legislation for the Ohio and Erie Canal and for tax-supported public schools, equal education for boys and girls, and better teacher's pay. He is considered the "Father" of Ohio Public Education. 

Full size bed

$85 per night (including tax) 

Elizabeth Catherine "Lillie" Darst

b. 1846, d. 1883

Lillie Darst was a journalist, editor, and financial advisor for the Circleville Herald. 

She contributed poems over the signature "Kenneth" to many literary journals in New York, Philadelphia, and Canada. She endeavored to make the newspaper interesting and reliable and asked no favors, nor concessions because it was the work of a lady. She was born in Circleville and was the Valedictorian of Circleville High School, class of 1865. 

Full-Size Bed

$75 per night (including tax)