The history of our Virginia bed and breakfast inn begins with William Trinkle (1871-1923), the second of three sons born to the prominent Trinkle family of Wytheville, Virginia.  William was a gentleman farmer with 20,000 acres under his supervision in Wythe, Bland, and Grayson counties.  His brother Clarence was a local banker, and his youngest brother Lee served as Governor of Virginia from 1922-1926.  All three brothers had large, stately homes in Wytheville.  The homes of Clarence and William still stand; unfortunately, the Governor’s home was razed in 1959 to build a gas station.

 

Eight years after his marriage to wife Ethel, William Trinkle built a stylish new home in the Blue Ridge Mountains for his young family, which now included a six-year old son and five-year old daughter. Construction of this lovely, Classical Revival home commenced in 1910, was completed in 1912, and served as a testimonial to the status William had achieved.  The home had an impressive seven fireplaces, two large bathrooms on the second floor, which was uncharacteristic for that time period, as well as state of the art technology for 1912 including steam heat and a built-in central vacuum system.  A porte cochere on the east side of the house served as the favored entrance for family and close friends, while the west side of the home boasted a one-story conservatory where the Trinkles overwintered plants from their yard as well as those brought to them by neighbors for safekeeping through the frigid winter months.

 

William Trinkle House 1914

The Trinkles christened their new home “Elknirt,” which is Trinkle spelled backwards.  Upon moving into their new home, Mrs. Trinkle hosted a lavish housewarming party that lasted seven days.  Sadly, William lived in the home for just over ten years before his untimely death at age 51.

Tour the home as it stands today. Although the atmosphere is one of mannered Southern charm, the daily routine is low-key and emulates the beauty and romance of the Old South.

Trinkle Mansion Bed & Breakfast
525 W. Main Street
Wytheville, Virginia 24382

Listed on National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register