Summit Street Bed & Breakfast Inns  •  420 Summit Street & 434 Summit Street  •  Winston-Salem, NC, USA

gas logs, whirlpool
whirlpool, fireplace
whirlpool, fireplace
whirlpool, fireplace
w-pool, attic room

"This is the most sophisticated, elegant, and adult-oriented B&B in Winston-Salem, the kind that appeals to worldly business travelers and romantic couples."          Frommer's Guide

The Summit Street Bed and Breakfast Inns consists of two large adjacent 100-year-old Victorian houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This bed and breakfast inn is located near downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the West End, a National Historic District of fine old homes.  Gourmet restaurants and pubs in historic buildings and antique shops are only one or two blocks away.

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The 1895 Benjamin Joseph Sheppard House

Featuring Rooms 219, 220, 221, 222, & 223

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Benjamin Joseph Sheppard was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1848. His wife Rosa Beverley Haskins was born in 1850. They married in 1872 and moved to Winston-Salem in 1876. They had eight children.

Sheppard was a Corporal of Company "G" in the Third Virginia Regiment, Local Defense Troops, Custis Lee’s Division, General Ewell’s Corps, in the Army of the Confederate States. After moving to Winston-Salem, he was a tobacco leaf dealer and owned a brick yard. He later operated a lumber veneer company. He died in 1939.  Rosa Sheppard died in 1921.

The Sheppard House was built in 1895 for $7000 - including the land. It is an imposing brick dwelling whose eclectic design (mostly Neo-Romanesque) is unique in Winston-Salem. The main stylistic features of the asymmetrical house include a parapeted gable roof with finials crowning each peak, Tudor-style moldings over the windows, and a richly detailed wrap-around porch with a paneled ceiling and bulbous colonettes with hand-carved tobacco leaf capitals. The interior is detailed with a high paneled wainscot, a late Victorian stair, a heavily molded wood cornice, and Colonial Revival mantels.

The Sheppard House is said to have been the first house in the city to have running water. This was accomplished by a wooden cistern in the attic which caught rain water by a series of roof gutters. Water pipes fed off the cistern and ran throughout the house. (A neighbor in her 90’s once related that when she was a child, she would sneak with the Sheppard children to the attic to play in the cistern.)

Around 1914, two houses were built for two of the Sheppard children on the lower third of the huge lot.