2009-10-21 / Marketplace

Mayfield bed & breakfast opens doors

Civil War encampment highlights history
BY NANCY ANGELLOTTI STAFF WRITER

Shamrock Farms Bed & Breakfast in Mayfield Township will host an open house and Civil War encampment on October 31. The event highlights the historic nature of the facility. The farm dates to the early 1800s. The renovated Victorian farmhouse has four bedrooms with private baths. The bed and breakfast is part of a thoroughbred racehorse farm. Shamrock Farms Bed & Breakfast in Mayfield Township will host an open house and Civil War encampment on October 31. The event highlights the historic nature of the facility. The farm dates to the early 1800s. The renovated Victorian farmhouse has four bedrooms with private baths. The bed and breakfast is part of a thoroughbred racehorse farm. MAYFIELD TWP. — Shamrock Farms Bed and Breakfast will celebrate its grand opening with a unique event that celebrates the heritage of the historic Lapeer area farm. On Saturday, Oct. 31, Shamrock Farms will host an open house that incorporates a Civil War encampment.

Shamrock Farms traces it history back to the early 1800s when a sodroof house was built along what is now Millville Road, says Shamrock Farms manager Maurine Scott. When the original structure burned in the early 1900s, it was rebuilt as a Victorian farmhouse. That renovated farmhouse is home to the new bedand breakfast operation.

The circa-1850 barn still stands, restored, behind the house. At one time, the farm was one of the best dairy farms in the state under the ownership of the Arms family, says Scott.

Now, the bed and breakfast is part of a 195-acre thoroughbred race horse farm. Scott says the farm has about 50 horses. The horses race all over the eastern United States, including in such famous venues such as Churchill Downs.

"People love horses," says Scott. "It really is a beautiful property … It's an amazing place to just sit back and relax."

The bed and breakfast may be a historic structure on a centennial farm, but renovations and additions make the accommodations comfortable and inviting, while keeping the historic flavor and horse motif.

Shamrock Farms B&B has four bedrooms with four spacious private bathrooms. The parlors and dining room provide ample facilities for the morning repast and relaxation.

Photos by NANCY ANGELLOTTI Photos by NANCY ANGELLOTTI Scott says that breakfast fare served to guests includes “things you would have at a country farmhouse.” An overnight stay at the bed and breakfast will cost $85-$100.

Shamrock Farms also hosts events like parties, family reunions or teas. Up to 30 guests can be accommodated in conversational group-type settings.

During the open house on Oct. 31, visitors can take guided tours of the bed and breakfast. Carriage rides will be offered around the property.

Horses are part of the charm of Shamrock Farms, but other animals like goats, donkeys, chickens and turkeys lend to the atmosphere as well.

On the date of the open house, the farm will host a Civil War encampment, replete with campfires, tents and re-enactors. Theresa Eddy of Lapeer is working with Scott to coordinate the historical event. She says that both Union and Confederate soldiers will be represented.

Civil War attire will be the order of the day. In fact, visitors who dress in Civil War period costume will get 50% off a one-night stay at the bed and breakfast, with a limit of one per household.

Visitors can expect to see open-fire cooking at the encampment. Foods typical of the Civil War era will be available for purchase. Roast pig, cornbread and bean soup will be on the menu. Hard tack, Johnnycakes and gingerbread also will be part of the Civil Warera fare. Past Tense will offer additional baked goods representative of the time including breads, pies, apple dumplings, caramel apples and cider.

The open house at Shamrock Farms will be on Oct. 31, from 1-5 p.m. The event is free. Shamrock Farms is at 2388 Millville Rd. in Mayfield Township. Details: 810-667-4333.

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