Gary and Virginia Walker, your hosts and owners of McNeill Stone Mansion, have given the stone mansion much tender loving care since they purchased the home. It had been unoccupied for 17 years and was unheated during many Iowa winters. The mansion has now been restored to the splendor of days gone by. The Walkers enjoy sharing the home’s history as much as they did reviving it.
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both have other jobs.
We hope you will come and see why we love our warm and cozy castle. ~ Virginia and Gary Walker
McNeill Stone Mansion is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has won two other awards - the Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group's Historic Preservation Award and The Friends of Historic Preservation Lifesaver Award from the Oskaloosa Historic Preservation Commission.
from The Oskaloosa Herald, Friday, April 25, 2003
A jewel in Oskaloosa
To the editor:
Last week I returned to my home town of Oskaloosa for the funeral of a life-long friend. Making arrangements at the last minute, I elected to stay at a Bed and Breakfast in town.
Owners Gary and Virginia Walker welcomed me to the newly finished McNeill Stone Mansion on C Avenue East and my stay was one of the most enjoyable I have ever experienced. You may visit their website at www.thestonemansion.com.
I have been informed that this beautiful renovation has taken a few years to complete, but the end result is well worth it. The Walkers took on the restoration as a real labor of love in beautifully finishing the historic mansion with antiques and decor from the early 20th century. The rooms are elegant and spacious with private bathrooms. And my hosts were gracious and generous in encouraging me to "enjoy the house and all its amenities.
Congratulations to Gary and Virginia. I am certain that word of your beautiful mansion will spread and it will be the choice of accommodations for many discriminating travelers.
Karen Berkemeir Nielsen
History of the McNeill
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