Innkeeper: Katy Banfield
Step away from everyday demands of life and be my guest at Villa on Verona, a historic Italian style villa built in 1860. The estate has been newly decorated and furnished. Enter the grand front door and be captured by the elegance and warmth of the chandeliers, marble, wood floors and many fireplaces throughout. This destination will immerse you in the rich history of previous owners as well as Marshall, while maintaining the comfort of modern living.
Villa on Verona provides the perfect atmosphere for all: a romantic get away, business travel, celebrating a special event or catching up with friends and family for a few days. The estate grounds provide a lovely setting for weddings, yoga retreats, corporate events, bridal and baby showers, anniversary parties, quilting and book parties.
Her name is Milley, she’s a toy Goldendoodle, very friendly, hypo-allergenic, loves people and being outside chasing the squirrels.
Villa on Verona History
This beautiful and elegant Italian Villa, was built 1858- 1861 by Edward Butler (1814- 1881) merchant, banker and first treasurer of Calhoun County.
The land was previously owned by James Fenimore Cooper. He was an American writer of the first half of the 19th century. His historical romances draw a picture of frontier and American Indian life in the early American days which created a unique form of American literature. He wrote “Last of the Mohican’s” among many others.
W.D. Boyce (1860- 1929), purchased the house and sixty acres as a summer home in 1894. William D. Boyce, a Chicago publisher, founded the Boy Scouts of America. Boyce first became acquainted with the scouting movement while in London in 1909. He lost his way in the midst of heavy fog, and was rescued by a Boy Scout who took him to the address he was seeking. Offering the young boy a tip, he was told that Boy Scouts do not accept money for doing a good deed. Impressed by his organization, Boyce returned home with pamphlets, badges and a uniform. He incorporated Boy Scouts of America, now Scouting/USA, on February 8, 1910.