Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce hosts ribbon-cutting
A ribbon-cutting and grand opening was held on Monday at the Miller-Dunham House Bed and Breakfast in Odessa.
George and Karla Ruhl, now retired, moved from Waco, Texas, to Odessa and started the bed and breakfast located at 207 High Street, about one block from Main Street and near the famous Cantwell's Tavern, Historic Homes of Odessa and the Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library.
About 50 people crowded inside the house for the grand opening hosted with the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce. The ribbon-cutting was held in the sun room where guest can eat their breakfast.
The bed and breakfast is “very much needed,” said Roxane Ferguson, executive director of the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce. “In addition to all the hotels that are coming, a bed and breakfast highlights the historic aspect of our area. It has that home town feel that we love.”
The home has been completely remodeled and each room is unique with its own theme that corresponds with the history of Odessa. Each guest room has its own private bathroom, an individually controlled heating and cooling system, ceiling fan, flat screen TV, and high-speed Wi-Fi. Some rooms have a private balcony.
The Ruhls said visitors could be people traveling though Delaware, couples looking for a quiet weekend getaway, or folks visiting friends or family or working nearby. The bed and breakfast is about a 20-minute drive from Dover and Newark and within 90 minutes from Philadelphia, Baltimore or Washington D.C.
The name of the house comes from the Miller and Dunham families. They became friends in Odessa and shared their love of gardening and community service.
Gantt William Miller Jr., known as Bill, was from West Virginia and his wife Marian Behm, was from the suburbs of Detroit. In 1950, Bill and Marian bought the home at 303 High Street, a home built in 1850. After growing old in Odessa, they took the helm in steering the town of Odessa as mayor, each serving multiple terms.
In 1976, Charles and Phyllis Dunham built what is now the Miller-Dunham House. To accommodate a private “mother-in-law” apartment for Phyllis' mother, the house was built with two front doors.
For information, call 378-0459 or see the website www.miller-dunham.com.