In the 1890s, the M.G. Whitlock House, the famous 150 room Marietta resort, burned to the ground. Before the Civil War, it was a popular showplace for tourists taking the train from the hot coastal towns, like Savannah, to the cooler foothills of Georgia. The resort occupied nearly the whole block of Whitlock Avenue where now stands The Whitlock Inn, a private residence and the Trust Company Bank.
In 1900, part of the land was purchased by Herbert C. Dobbs and his wife Annie. Here is where they built this Victorian Mansion, home for their family of eight. In 1910, the home was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Kemper Smith, who, after several years of residence, sold the home to the Dosser family. The much loved Dossers were active in the First United Methodist Church, which is now located directly across Whitlock Avenue. Mrs. Dosser is remembered as a favorite piano teacher and the giver of elaborately decorated Christmas parties.
In 1977, the Dosser heirs sold the home to the City of Marietta for use as a Senior Citizen Center. In 1993, the Senior Citizen Center moved to a newer facility and the City put the home up for bids.
Living close by, the Edwards family had for several years been concerned about the neglected condition of the house and jumped at the chance to purchase the property. Since daughter Alexis had often expressed a desire to own and operate a Bed & Breakfast, this was a perfect opportunity.
After months of planning with local contractors, state and federal historic preservation experts, the painstaking restoration and construction process began. Since opening in 1994, the Whitlock Inn has become the recommended place for social events such as weddings and receptions, dinner parties, and corporate entertaining. In May 2020 ownership was passed to Jim and Kathy Heilman.
Visitors today enjoy the Inn’s proximity to the Marietta Square, live theater, antique shopping, Civil War battlefields, carriage rides and wonderful restaurants.
The Inn has a large ballroom – perfect for entertaining. The Inn hosts weddings, receptions, dinner and holiday parties.
The gardens may be used for outdoor parties. We can provide everything your group might need, from the food and flowers to the music and photography.
Please call for a tour of what a photographer with Country Inn Magazine calls “the most beautiful Bed & Breakfast in Georgia.”