On the front porch you will see the old well protruding from beneath the porch just as it did 150 years ago. Local legend says that it was used during Jefferson's golden age by weary traders and travelers as well as their horses as they traveled to and from the Port of Jefferson on Lafayette Street which was the main thoroughfare during that time. In later years, the well was a common gathering place for people and courting couples courtesy of Mrs. Sophia Markos, a Czech immigrant and a longtime owner of the home.
The leftmost gable portion of the house, believed to have been built in the 1850's, features its 9 foot ceiling, large double fireplaces and wider planking than the rest of the house, which is very noticeable on the front porch wall behind the well. This section includes the Dining Room, which is now the Innkeeper's Room, and The Parlor "Anne's Room", named for Anne of Green Gables.
The middle gable section, now The Main Hall, was added to the home in the 1860's and features a 10-foot ceiling and lovely period wallpaper, lighting, furnishings and rugs. It also includes old photos of the house and its former owners as well as other personal historical memorabilia. There you can also pick up brochures of the many attractions and events available in Jefferson.
These first two gable sections, as well as the perpendicular gable sections in the back that make up the kitchen and sunroom were as you see them today in 1872, when artist Herman Brosius made his famous drawing of Jefferson, where the house features are clearly seen.
The larger Gable section on the right, which has its own private entrance, is now the spacious Green Gables Suite. It was added in the 1870's and features an 11 foot ceiling, a third large fireplace, and a beautiful 1870's Eastlake bedroom suit which includes a gorgeous half tester bed (converted to queen size). It also has a charming bathroom with a newly refurbished clawfoot tub, spacious walk-in-shower, and double vanity. The lovely suite was once originally two separate rooms. The front room with the entrance was used for many things, including being the tailor shop of the Czech Markos family in the early 1900's.
At the back in the lovely garden sits the Green Gables Cottage added to the property in the 1990's. It has been newly renovated and furnished. It is a really special little place. Your own private little 'home away from home' in the middle of Jefferson's historic district.
Also in the back corner of the garden sits the Green Gables Gazebo. It is a quiet place to sit, enjoy the view, read a book, have a refreshing drink, watch the squirrels running through the 150 year old pecan trees, or just relax from your busy day enjoying Jefferson.
At Green Gables you are steps away from all Jefferson has to offer the weary traveler, just as it has been for 165 years. You can walk out any of the doors and in just a few feet step onto the Red Brick Streets of Jefferson and be transported to another time. Enjoy!