History

A Captain's Quarters Inn B&B

Lexington, Michigan

The Construction

The Captain's Quarters Inn was built as a private residence by Charles Moore in 1859.

 

At that time Lexington was a major Great Lakes Port. Michigan lumber was shipped from the local docks. Pine was readily available and used extensively for the construction of the house. The builder added the beautifully carved open staircase to enhance the interior of the house. On the exterior of the home, he combined examples of Greek Revival, Italianate and Carpenter's Gothic architecture styles.

 
A Wedding

On July 30th, 1901, Mary, the Moore's youngest daughter, married State Senator Albert Sleeper here in the house. The Sleepers spent many summers in this quiet getaway home in Lexington relaxing on the wrap around porch.

 
The “White Hurricane” of 1913

The Captain’s Quarter’s Inn B&B survived the deadliest and most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the Great Lakes.

 

“The Great Storm of 1913 was easily the Great Lakes region's largest natural disaster ever.

It was four days of chaos that packed blizzard conditions as well as hurricane-force winds.

If you were on a ship out on the lakes, caught in this unexpected storm, it became something out of a nightmare. Mariners reported winds gusting to 100 mph in some spots, amid monster 36-foot waves.

The storm was given several monikers, including "White Hurricane," the "Frozen Fury," and the "Big Blow."

But really, it was two storm systems colliding to produce what forecasters call a "meteorological bomb," that exploded over the Great Lakes from Nov. 7-11.

In that time, more than 250 sailors were lost. At least 12 ships sank. Many more were stranded or smashed against the rocky shorelines from Lake Superior to Lake Erie.

Lake Huron saw the worst of this hellish storm, with eight ships going under and 187 lives lost during one violent six-hour window.

- Tanda Gmiter | www.mlive.com

 
Charles Moore

“Charles H. Moore was born in 1824 in Bath, New Hampshire. He married Sophia Hodges in 1848, and moved to Ohio in 1850. By 1854, the couple had resettled in Lexington and purchased a farm; in addition, Charles performed carpentry work in the area.”

 

“Charles Moore was active in the village, entering into business with J.L. Woods and Company, a general merchandising firm, and serving as a member of the local volunteer fire department and as a Trustee on the Village Council.”

- Charles H. Moore–Albert E. Sleeper House | en.wikipedia.org

 
The Governor

“In 1901, Moore's youngest daughter, Mary, married Albert E. Sleeper. Sleeper was born in Bradford, Vermont, in 1862, and moved to Lexington in 1884. He worked as a merchant, and then founded a series of local banks in Yale, Bad Axe, Marlette, Ubly, Applegate, and Lexington. By the 1890s, he started in politics, serving as Lexington Village President. After his marriage to Mary Moore, Sleeper was elected to the state legislature. He later served as state treasurer, and in 1916 was elected as Governor of Michigan, serving until 1920.”

- Charles H. Moore–Albert E. Sleeper House | en.wikipedia.org

 
More than a Home

Since 1983 The Captain's Quarters Inn, formerly known as The Governor's Inn, has operated as a bed & breakfast. Remaining as an anchor to the Village of Lexington for many years, this historical home has welcomed travels, fishermen, and families alike through its doors year after year.

 

We welcome your stay with us!   Bill & Deb Ives as the 5th owners as Inn Keepers  of A Captain's Quarters B&B in Lexington Michigan

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