History of the Bed & Breakfast

The Bed & Breakfast was originally built in 1880 and served as a private residence to Dr. Cunningham, who later served as President of the college (1887-1897) which at that time was called the Female State Normal School.

The house was later purchased by the University for the president, Dr. Jarman, and served as the home of Longwood Presidents until 1969. In 1969, President Dr. Willett moved his family to the current presidential home, Longwood House.

The house then became work space for the Alumni Office and later transitioned into overnight accommodations for faculty/staff, alumni, parents, and friends of the university.

Today it is known as the Longwood Bed & Breakfast open to the public to use and enjoy.

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Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
Longwood Bed & Breakfast

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Cunningham Room

Dr. John A. Cunningham acquired the house and served as president of the university from 1887-1897. Located on the second floor, this room is the largest room in the house. This room features a king bed and a private bath.

Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
Longwood Bed & Breakfast

The History of Longwood University

At Longwood, bright, hardworking students learn to lead. As a top-ranked public University in the heart of Virginia, Longwood pairs a classical liberal arts curriculum with hands-on experience in the field. Our small, close-knit community supports each student to grow, every day, toward his or her ideals.

Longwood holds deep historical roots, but over nearly two centuries our curriculum has evolved dramatically. President W. Taylor Reveley IV, who took office in 2013, continues to emphasize the liberal arts and sciences as the heart of the academic enterprise for all Longwood students — many of whom go on to major in our outstanding pre-professional programs like business and nursing. All Longwood students also experience our mission of educating citizen leaders firsthand, developing the critical thinking, leadership skills and integrity needed to graduate as lifelong learners and leaders.

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Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
Longwood Bed & Breakfast

The Blanton-Hanbury Room

The Blanton-Hanbury Room is named after the couple who originally owned the massive bedroom set. Mr. Blanton, who was from the Farmville area, traveled to the 1900 Centennial Fair in Philadelphia where he purchased this set for his bride-to-be, Miss Hanbury.

This furniture remained in their family for many years; however, due to its size it became difficult to move into their modern-day sized homes. The family donated this queen bedroom set in the Blanton and Hanbury names and asked that we create a museum quality Victorian bedroom.

The bedroom contains hand-painted wallpaper, a one-of-a-kind carpet hand-made for us in France using the small looms typical of the Victorian period, wood grained doors, marbleized mantle, and hand-made window treatments. This room also features a private bath.

Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
Longwood B&B

Grant Room

Located on the second floor this room is referred to as The Grant Room because General Ulysses S. Grant used the furniture when he stayed at the old Price Edward Hotel on his way through Farmville to Appomattox.

The room features a hand carved lacquered antique queen bed, table, dresser set that is intricately laced with gold paint.

It is believed that General Grant wrote the first request for surrender to General Robert E. Lee on one of the two tables located in the room. The furniture set was donated by Harrier Booker Lamb ‘28. This room offers a private bath.

Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
Longwood B&B