MEET YOUR HOSTS
Hello! We are John and Terry Thomas and we're to glad to "meet" you!
We are a husband and wife duo that got a crazy idea to restore John's family's farm house in 2007, moving here in 2010. We had two goals in mind – to preserve the heritage of the family home and to use it for God’s glory.It has definitely been a journey bringing this house back to life, and we're so excited to share it with you. We have carefully restored the home, aiming to retain the character of its turn of the century beginning. We even reclaimed and incorporated wood from old doors and cabinets that had been stored for decades and nearly forgotten. This place is so special to us and we hope that it will be special for you too!
We are the proud parents of two adult children. Our cat, Mr. Bingley, who emerged from the woods as a kitten, lives indoors and outdoors on our property, ( but never allowed in the bedrooms!) Before we started this second act, John was an owner in a successful Civil Engineering firm. Terry loves to source and refinish antiques, and loves to encourage people. We moved from the Kansas City Metro area, to pursue this "dream," and couldn't be happier that we did!
The Burgess farm began in 1882 when Innkeeper John’s great grandfather, Joseph Burgess, emigrated from Stockport, England and settled in Lancaster County purchasing 160 acres of farmland in Yankee Hill precinct. He returned to England in 1883 where he was married to Annie Beeley Shilton who then joined him in Nebraska. Joseph later purchased an additional 80 acres. They built a successful farm on this location with their 11 children.
The Burgess family contributed greatly to the rural communities of Denton and Rokeby. Joseph was a successful early farmer well known for his farm management and local community involvement, a founding member of Wesley Chapel Church. Seven of the Burgess family children remained in the Rokeby and Denton areas, raising their own families in the community.
The home, now operating as Burgess House, was constructed in 1912 when the family home burned. The farm is still active today with a local operator leasing the land. The 1912 home was designated a Lancaster County Local Landmark by the County Preservation Commission in the fall of 2017.
Three generations later, we are happy to offer others a chance to rest, relax, and renew in a rural setting.