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JUL-AUG 2017

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JulyAug 2017 Bed and Breakfast A fter working as a nurse for three decades, Jenny Wilkerson still planned on taking care of people in her retirement years, though not in the medical field. "In 1985, I stayed at a bed and break- fast in Charleston on my honeymoon and every year since, when traveling, we would stay at a B&B, so I knew I wanted to start my own one day," Wilkerson said from the sunny breakfast room of The Corner House, her bed & breakfast guest house in Rockport, about 20 miles from Santa Claus, Ind. Opened in June 2015, the two-story, three-bedroom, 3½-bath Corner House sits on 8 acres of farmland that Wilker- son purchased in 2014. "It's definitely off the beaten track, but we get visitors from all over. It needed a lot of work and took six months to renovate. We put in hard- wood floors, worked on sheetrocking all the walls, and completely refurnished the place." The job of decorating the interior with a rustic theme was made easier with local help. "Rockport is a small town of about 2,500 and when people heard I was open- ing a bed and breakfast, they began giving me items like tables, chairs and couches," Wilkerson said. "Every bed came from a family, but we bought the maĴresses when the girls' softball team had a fund- raiser. So we helped the local high school and they helped us." Her craft skills also came in handy. "I went to the archives room at the library and dug out old pictures from around Spencer County," she recalled. "I copied and framed them myself, so the house is full of local history. One of the bedrooms is even called the Lincoln Room, in honor of President Lincoln, whose family moved to the area when he was 7. Later, he would come back along the Ohio River on his flatboat and stay at a tavern which had overnight lodgings." Built around 1906, with rooms add- ed in 1965 and 2007, The Corner House sits adjacent to Wilkerson's large family property. "My grandfather moved here from Nebraska in 1939 after the Dust Bowl drought and started a small 120-acre farm. My father took over and purchased more land as years went by. We now grow wheat, corn and soybeans, and have about 120 beef caĴle, mostly Black Angus." While her husband, Kyle, helps op- erate the farm and tends to the caĴle daily, he also lends a hand at the inn. "It's my project, but he's my maintenance man Just Around the Corner Local Bed & Breakfast hosts weddings, parties, and more

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