The Ashford Inn began as a simple two room dwelling built in 1839 by George Marsh. It was purchased by Civil War Colonel John Ashford and his wife Elizabeth in 1869, and as their family grew they added two rooms to the first floor and a second floor with four additional rooms. Colonel Ashford served as one of the commanding officers in the North Carolina Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He fought on the front lines at Gettysburg, Bull Run, and Petersburg, and was with General Robert E. Lee when he turned his regiment over to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in 1865. When the home was sold by the Ashford family in 1995, renovations began to convert this gracious southern home into a bed and breakfast and the Inn that it is today.
Julie and Eric Stadig purchased the Ashford Inn in January of 2014. The question most frequently asked is “how did you end up owning a B&B in Clinton, NC”? Julie has always wanted to own a B&B. She has a natural talent for cooking and worked with a prominent catering company in Baltimore, MD. After a 20 year career as a Program Manager for a government contractor in D.C., she knew the time was right to follow her dream. Eric also spent the last ten years in IT with the government and is the perfect Mr. Fix-it. With each of us having different but compatible strengths, we felt we had a good mix of skills for this type of venture. We began our search to find the perfect B&B in the D.C. area, but the inns we looked at offered seasonal business and expensive real estate. When we saw the Ashford Inn, the house had all of the charm and elegance we were looking for in a progressive town which was very committed to strengthening its economic development. The house itself has all of the features we were looking for. There are 6 elegant guest rooms, a year-round business class customer base, and an established catering business. It was sold as a “turn-key” business, which meant we could move in and begin operating right away without any down time for major renovations. We loved it just the way it was!