& Our Home
Historic Inn, New Harmony, Indiana
120+ Years Old
5 Rooms, 2 Suites, 16 Guests
Immerse Yourself in Victorian Luxury While Enjoying the Comforts of Today
This beautifully restored Queen Anne Victorian mansion was built in 1899 for Amon Clarence Thomas. With stunning Classic Revival and Romanesque design elements and Morris design wallpaper procured from Bradbury & Bradbury.
The A.C. Thomas House B&B offers eight different accommodation choices. There are five spectacular Victorian bedrooms, each with an ensuite. The spacious Loft Suite with its 14 foot ceilings is flush with natural light, views over the park, and wonderful spaces to relax and recharge. A kitchenette and washer and dryer are also found in the Loft Suite, along with a 60″ television and a dining table for two. The incredibly roomy Gallery Suite features two bedrooms, one queen and two twins, and 1 1/2 bathrooms, along with a large living room, dining room, and an efficiency kitchen. In the Gallery Suite, ground level windows invite abundant natural lighting and offer views of the manicured surrounding grounds, while inside a large private collection of photographs capture the essence of New Harmony.
This magnificent property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and you have the unique opportunity to reserve a single room or suite – or rent the entire house and garden.
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While you are at the A.C. Thomas House, relax and enjoy the exquisite English garden, featuring a grand metal scrollwork gazebo. The garden is perfectly suited for small weddings, garden parties, or simply enjoying a beverage while listening to birdsong and watching butterflies in the spring and summer months.
Located two blocks from the banks of the Wabash River, this stunningly gorgeous historic mansion serves distinguished travelers and those seeking a unique or romantic getaway or a place to hold a special event.
The A.C. Thomas House is located an easy one block walk to shops, galleries, restaurants, live performances and more. Also, just a few short blocks away, is the Atheneum Visitor Center where guests can find information on local attractions and events and rent golf carts or bicycles to get around in the village.
The peaceful and picturesque village of New Harmony is home to countless artists, writers and poets and reflects the cultural and intellectual interests of its founders through experiences and special events. Visitors will enjoy renewing their spirit by walking the labyrinths and strolling through the many public gardens and historic spaces throughout the town.
New Harmony, In.
The house was built in 1899 (the late Victorian era) for A.C. Thomas, who triumphed over tragedy after being orphaned at age two, to become a highly successful businessman and a well-known advocate for Posey County.
In 1914, President Taft rode in the vehicle of A.C. Thomas when he served as Grand Marshall for the New Harmony Centennial Parade and he reportedly stayed at the Thomas House. We have a “President Taft Room” as a result.
Members of the Thomas family occupied the house until 1994. At that time, the house was acquired by Scott and Nancy McDonald. They embarked upon a meticulous restoration of the main floor and second floor of the house and succeeded in having the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It was during this time that the wallpapering was done, the push button light switches were installed and several bathrooms were added. After their amazing renovations, the McDonalds used the house for a bed & breakfast for 5 years (from 1995 to 2000) and were well known for their hospitality.
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How the house was used from 200 to 2005 is less clear, but retired Colonel Darvin Barnes and his wife Judy purchased it from a bank (following foreclosure, presumably) in 2005 to use as one of their five personal residences! The Colonel and his wife loved to shop for antiques. When they acquired the house, it was empty. They scoured estate sales and antique stores and auctions across the country to acquire period-appropriate furniture and accessories. The Colonel also turned the attic into a beautiful third floor master suite and performed upgrades to the basement to allow it to be occupied as an apartment so there would always be someone there while the Colonel and his wife were away.The Barnes added a half bath on the first floor and also had the elevator installed in the house.It stops on every floor, from the basement to the attic plus at ground level, so a person can see every part of the house without having to climb a single step.
The Barnes decided to have the house auctioned off with all of its furnishings in May, 2017. It was acquired by a group consisting of Mary Beth and Michael Guard (who also own Capers Emporium and had come to New Harmony from Oklahoma when Mary Beth’s mother decided to move into assisted living in New Harmony); Jenefer Duane and her husband Ron Spinhoven, who split their time between D.C. and North Carolina; and Elaine Dodd from Oklahoma City.Jenefer, Ron, and Elaine had never been to New Harmony and had never set foot in the house when they took a leap of faith and collectively agreed to go in with the Guards to acquire the property at auction. The group formed InnHarmony, LLC, and set about the many, many tasks required to convert the property from a private residence into a bed & breakfast once again. The first B&B guests were welcomed in late July, 2017.
In addition to optimizing the house for B&B use, the owners made restoring the gardens a priority. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of flowering plants, along with hummingbirds and butterflies. Another special spot to gather is the spacious front porch, which overlooks Church Park. Most New Harmony attractions are just a block or two away from the house.
The house features five Victorian-themed bedrooms (each with a private bath), as well as two suites – the Loft Suite on the 3rd floor and the Gallery Suite on the lower level. Guests are treated to elegant tablescapes with fabulous breakfasts and gracious and friendly service from Clarissa Powell, House Manager, and Sarah Marshall, Assistant House Manager.
The house is filled with interesting artifacts and special touches. See the angels reading under the library table. Check out the two sets of pocket doors. Listen to the story about the “paid-off mortgage light” and ask where the secret compartment is that holds 3 twelve foot Christmas trees and more! The house is used for concerts, weddings, teas, parties, in addition to B&B rentals.
Your Hosts & About Your Stay
We want your stay at the A.C. Thomas House to be relaxing, enchanting and memorable.
Mary Beth & Michael Guard
“There’s no where else I would rather be than my kitchen, unless it’s another kitchen somewhere.” (M.B.)
When taking on AC Thomas House Mary Beth Guard and her husband Michael have taken the fine art of being the perfect hosts to a new extreme. While they wear many different hats, their heart and soul is with making people feel great as guests.
They also run Capers Emporium, a large retail store where people can purchase elements to set beautiful tables, concoct wonderful meals, play with gadgets, take cooking classes, and much more!
Adding the B&B to their repertoire was a logical next step in broadening their way of making people feel good.
“Live LARGE. Don’t settle for boring or ordinary. Be bold, be wild, be outrageous. I’ll show you how. I have experience.” (M.B.)
relaxing & enchanting
About Your Stay
We want your stay at the A.C. Thomas House to be relaxing, enchanting and memorable.
Your visit will start with check-in between 3 and 5 p.m. (If you are unable to arrive during this time, please let us know and we will make alternate arrangements.)
If you have a few minutes, let us show you around the property, including our beautiful gardens.
Your visit to New Harmony can be as active or restful as you want. We can offer you recommendations for places to explore, shop or eat dinner.
Find something to read in our library. Engage in a challenging game from our large selection. Stay connected to the outside world through our fast Internet. You’ll find coffee and water in the kitchen.
Each room or suite features a private bathroom. In the Loft Suite and the Princess Diana Room there are both walk-in showers and separate tubs. In the Prince Harry Room, there is a walk-in shower. The other rooms have tubs that are also fitted with shower attachments.
We ask that you please check out by 11 a.m. so we can prepare for our next visitors.
We so look forward to having you as our guests at the A.C. Thomas House!
Our wonderful house manager, Clarissa inspires our happy guests to write reviews and fill our guestbook with wonderful compliments about her warm welcome, rich historic knowledge of the A.C. Thomas House, and New Harmony. She is always pleased to share inside information and recommendations on all the best places to see and things to do around town. Her beautifully presented table settings, fresh bakes and breakfast service are second to none. The pride and passion she brings to her work is greatly appreciated by everyone she comes in contact with.
There is something very special about the AC Thomas House. The house itself is full of some of the most beautiful floor to ceiling woodwork I’ve ever seen. But the real bonus is the House Managers, Clarissa and Mahlon, who are personable, caring, and just plain on it! We enjoyed the delicious breakfasts, clearly made with love. We are so glad we found this home away from home in New Harmony!
Our WIFI is fast and avaibale throughout the house.
A spacious portico "porch" provides an expansive view over the park and streetsacpe.
There is airconditioning throughout the entire house.
Relax and enjoy the exquisite English garden, featuring a grand metal scrollwork gazebo. The garden is perfectly suited for small weddings, garden parties, or simply enjoying a beverage while listening to birdsong and watching butterflies in the spring and summer months.
Each morning we pamper our guests with a specially prepared, beautifully presented meal service. With advanced notice, we can accomodate special dietary requirements.
Coffee to die for
Our coffee is delicious. It's our special A.C. Thomas House blend. We get it roasted just up the road at Black Lodge Coffee Roasters, 610 Church Street.
Have a Question?
Policies & F.A.Q.
When did you open as a bed and breakfast?
We opened the A.C. Thomas House to the public in August, 2017.
Is there a minimum reservation length?
Do you allow children and/or pets?
Because of the historic nature of the A.C. Thomas House, we do not allow pets of any kind.
Children are welcome to stay in our Gallery Suite, which has a private entrance. Because of the historic nature of the furnishings on the main floor of the house and in all other rooms and suites, they are adults-only.
What is your check-in/check-out time?
Check-in is between 3 and 5 p.m. If you are unable to check in during this window, please contact us at (812) 682-6110 and we will make special arrangements to accommodate you.
This coffee is delicious! Where can I buy some more?
We agree! You'll find it just up the road at Black Lodge Coffee Roasters, 610 Church Street. Ask for the special A.C. Thomas House blend.
Check in & Check out
Check in: 3:00-5:00 PM
Check out: 11:00 AM
Reaonable changes will be considered upon request.
Smoking not allowed.
Pets not allowed.
No parties or additional/unregistered guests allowed without prior approval.
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the historic nature of our furnishings, children are only permitted to stay in the Gallery Suite.
Meals and Kitchen
Please note: for whole house rentals, the kitchen provides a full compliment of cookware, flatware, utensils, platters and other serving items. We provide and abundant spice rack, olive oil and soy sauce for your convenience. There are ample coffee cups, wine glasses and other serving items available for you and your guests.
Guests who book the Loft Suite or the Gallery Suite have a refrigerator/freezer in their Suite, along with coffee pot and microwave.
Please note. There is an additional one time cleaning and laundry fee of $250 for the Whole House rental automatically added to your Whole House booking.
100% due at time of booking.
90% of paid prepayments refundable (minus the fees charged by our credit card processor) when canceled two months before arrival or earlier.
50% of paid prepayments minus (minus the fees charged by our credit card processor) when canceled 14 days before arrival or earlier.
0% of paid prepayments refundable when canceled after.
90% of paid prepayments refundable (minus the credit card processor fees) when canceled 14 days before arrival or earlier.
75% of paid prepayments refundable (minus the credit card processor fees) when canceled 7 days before arrival or earlier.
50% of paid prepayments refundable (minus the credit card processor fees) when canceled 2 days before arrival or earlier.
0% refundable if canceled after.
Can rebook for another date, rather than receiving a refund, with no penalty.
Damage Protection Policy
Whole House bookings require a refundable $1,500 damage deposit. Refunds made within 72 hours of check out inspection.