"Lackawanna" (a Delaware Indian word meaning "meeting of the waters") was built in 1869, by Dorastus Cone who moved to Front Royal soon after the Civil War. The house was named Lackawanna when it was built; probably because Mr. Cone came here from Lackawanna County, PA, and also because the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River meet at the end of our road. Mr. Cone along with his partners operated the famous water gristmill, known as Riverton Water Mills on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.
This home is a pristine example of Italianate architecture popular during the late 1800s. The home remains an elegant reminder of the great craftsmanship found in the homes of that period and had many upscale amenities not found in most homes at that time. The interior doors, woodwork and stairway are native walnut and chestnut. Our bedrooms are very quiet due to the house construction of interior brick walls.
The rooms are spacious and elegant with eleven-foot ceilings. This stately home incorporates the often referred to Double Parlors in the front, each containing fireplaces and full-length windows facing the south fork. Afternoon tea or wine is available and often enjoyed by our guests in the parlor, or weather permitting, in the garden or on the front porch. The house remains structurally as it was built in 1869, with no walls removed or woodwork painted.
Breakfast at Lackawanna is always a special event. All of the ingredients are personally selected for their freshness and in-season availability. Sandy and Phil attended the Culinary Institute in New York taking classes in gourmet breakfasts and baking and they both enjoy preparing this special meal for their guests. The multi-course breakfast menu changes daily and is served in the dining room between 8:30 and 9:30 with all the fine china and linens becoming to the style and era of this Victorian B&B. We are always happy to accommodate special dietary needs, so please don't be afraid to mention them to us.
The forty-foot front porch facing the Shenandoah River is a much-enjoyed retreat of our guests at breakfast, afternoon tea or for an evening drink.
Lackawanna is located on a dead-end street blanketed by many trees, which gives you the feeling of being on a quiet retreat but with the luxury of being only minutes away from Skyline Drive and local places to visit. This lovely home faces the South Fork of the Shenandoah and is a three-minute walk to the river's edge.
It took three years of restoration to bring this home into the twenty-first century while keeping the warm atmosphere of the late 1800s. We are delighted to be able to share the beauty of this home (now listed on the National Historic Register as part of the Riverton Historic District) and gardens with visitors to this area.
When we moved in the gardens were very overgrown and a total of 25 trees were cut down. This allowed many of the boxwoods, magnolia trees and perennials to come back to life.
We look forward to our guests being able to enjoy the experience of staying in a stately nineteenth century home in such a lovely setting. We also offer swimming, in season, in our in ground pool.