Why in the world do we celebrate with this furry little weatherman named Phil every February 2nd? I wasn’t sure so I popped over to my friend Wikipedia and found the answer. “The celebration began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries. It has its origins in ancient European weather lore, in which a badger or a sacred bear is the prognosticator, as opposed to a groundhog. The first documented American reference to Groundhog Day can be found in a diary entry, dated February 4, 1841, by Morgantown, Pennsylvania, storekeeper James Morris.”
Since then, the holiday has become even more popular after the debut of the movie Groundhog Day in 1993. A couple years ago the bed & breakfast featured in the movie came up for sale, so I thought you would like to see inside. In 2015 this 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom home being used as a bed and breakfast came up for sale at $785,000. This unique property is 5,815 square feet, has three fire places and a library. Located in Woodstock, Illinois, the home is at the high end for its area, which makes it a little more difficult to sell, but I have hope this successful bed and breakfast will continue for years to come in this beautiful and now famous home.
[Entrance to 344 Freemont Street]
[One of seven bedrooms]
[Renovations over $500,000 were made after new ownership in 2008]
[The home still serves as a bed and breakfast]
[Built in 1894 for McHenry County judge C.P. Barnes, his wife and two children]
This home reminds me of some in the Cathedral district of Sioux Falls. I am excited to see that area improve and the historic homes located there come back to life. Are you interested in owning a historic home? I would love to help you find it! Let’s chat soon about your options.
And if you haven’t seen Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray, it’s a classic! And today seems like the perfect day to watch it. It will help us forget Phil saw his shadow this morning, meaning 6 more weeks of winter! Stay warm friends!