The Big News is that we have both a new name and a new web site! Thanks to some history students at Hocking College who scoured the Athens County Court House for records, we now have a more complete story of the Hyde Family who occupied this house for almost 90 years! And we already suspected a connection between the first Dr. Hyde and Dr. Primrose across the street. So with this new information we felt it was a good time to unveil the name change to Hyde House Bed & Breakfast (formerly The Mead House). Check out the new web site at www.HistoricHost.com and choose the page called "Nelsonville Bed & Breakfasts” to see both our Hyde House and Primrose House. Watch for our new brochure coming soon which will coordinate with our new web site.
Another fun happening...! Some film students from Ohio University recently asked to use Cookie Cottage with its 1930s-style interior as the setting for a short film set in World War II France. So for almost a week, the cottage was transformed into a French farmhouse, where a sad love story was filmed in black and white, with voice-over in French and English sub-titles! The students covered up modern air conditioners, breaker panels and the like with vintage pictures and textiles, and brought in an antique stove and other accessories, I can hardly wait to see the film, and we may even get to link to it on the web site!
And, on the subject of Fiddlestix, did you ever wonder about the origin of the name? Back in the olden days of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, genteel ladies used the mild expletive, "Oh, Fiddlesticks," when confronted with minor annoyances such as perhaps dropping a clean spoon on the floor. Even further back, fiddlesticks were actually used in playing old-time music! By using light-weight sticks or even knitting needles, one person could tap out the rhythm on the fiddle while the fiddler was playing! Click here for a demonstration by Tim Eriksen and Peter Irvine and more info on the subject. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiddlesticks Your see the "fiddlesticks" enter a minute or two into the performance.
There are always so many wonderful events and things to do in the Hills, so go ahead and plan a few days getaway! We lodging owners receive a weekly update of weekend and ongoing events and attractions in the area, and I always forward it to our weekend Guests. All of our Historic Host lodgings are convenient to anywhere you want to go!