Today’s post was kindly written by Susan Bishop, of The Whimsical Pig Bed and Breakfast in Copley Ohio.
The Copley area, near Akron Ohio, was part of the original Western Reserve Territory of 1807. In 1876 James and Sarah Moore built the first home on the current site of the Whimsical Pig and began farming nearly 100 acres. In 1910 Lewis and Naomi Brenner purchased the farm and immediately added a ‘second home’ to a common wall of the 1876 farmhouse in order to better accommodate their large family of 8 children. For nearly 50 years the Brenner family ran the livestock farm, an orchard and at times a meat market, until the land was sold off for the Brenner Heights housing development in the late 1950s. The home, now on approximately two acres of the remaining farmland, is still referred to by many longtime area residents as the ‘Old Brenner Farm’.
Ron and Susan Bishop purchased the combined homes in 1995 with an eye on restoration. The initial plan was to reconfigure the structure over time into a home suited for a contemporary life style, while at the same time retaining a warm, welcoming farmhouse period feel. Through years of research and loving attention to detail, the couple has combined Ron’s carpentry skills with Susan’s foresight and sense of decorating to restore and transform both the exterior and interior of the residence. Extensive work was done so that there was a seamless flow between the two original structures in order that the home remained true to its farmhouse beginnings. The present home is an example of livable preservation beautifully realized.
Now the final goal has been realized…opening the home to others as the Whimsical Pig Bed and Breakfast at Wolf Creek near Akron Ohio. This small niche bed and breakfast offers guests a relaxing getaway featuring large guest rooms with luxurious bedding and spacious bathrooms. Multiple areas to relax and unwind are available throughout the house, including the parlor with wood burning fireplace, study and garden patio.
Since it used to be a pig farm, I thought I would continue with that idea. Since it is no longer a “serious” working farm, I thought I’d use the idea of it being a “fun” pig farm and whimsical seemed like a catchy word to use! I then named the rooms after heritage pigs which would have been found in this area: Chester White, Gloucestershire Old Spot, Tamworth, and Hampshire. We got a whole little theme going here!
We stayed in a bed and breakfast in Granville, Ohio [The Welsh Hills Inn] that had a beautiful hand-crafted sign both by the street and on the home itself. My husband and I talked about what a lovely sign it was several times after our visit and remarked that we would like one like it. I emailed our host and asked if he would mind giving me the name of the company that had made his sign. I contacted you regarding my sign wishes, submitted the plans I had for the sign, and hung it proudly once it arrived.
Our whole experience with your company was wonderful. The sign is beautiful! We get comments about it all the time. Living in a small town, there are many signage restrictions. Our sign had to be fairly small to fit within the required limits. Even so, it is very noticeable from the street and very eye-catching.
Lance Shook from the original artwork by Eric Immelt