The Lily Inn is named after Lillian Morrison who was the previous owner for more than 60 years. She was quite the philanthropist in the area, donating money to buy land for a school expansion, building a wing on Concord hospital, and donating money to the town for various departments. Her wealth was obtained from her father, an international attorney in NYC and London. As a child, they would often vacation in Maine, traveling by this house each summer. She loved this place, so when it became available her father purchased it for her. The two upstairs bedrooms carry the names of her and her boyfriend Jack. He lived here with her for many years and his ashes remain on the property, buried up on the hill.
The house was originally built and owned by Charles Sumner Hall in 1890. He was the owner of the local general store, hotel and a local factory. Sumner Hall purchased the property from the church, which stood where cumberland farms is presently. The rectory was standing on this property at the time and was moved across the street to an empty lot. He built the house adjoining the remaining barn to look quite expansive, when it’s actually on the smaller side with the barn and the house being the same size. The two ground floor bedrooms hold the names of him and his wife, Ellen. Much of his money came from Ellen’s father, John Dolbeer, the inventor of the steam donkey.
When we purchased the house in 2010, the exterior was pale yellow and white, disguising all the victorian charm. The flowerbeds were nonexistent--in fact, there wasn’t a single one. As for the purple? We were going to convert it back to pink, as it was when Lillian owned it. Steve just
couldn’t do that, so he chose the purple. We had purchased this house for business purposes, so the color works well for drawing attention. A five-color palette classifies this as a Victorian painted lady. The interior still has the original tin ceilings. We have lovingly added the rest of the victorian charm that was non-existent from the start, breathing life back in to this local gem. Questions are happily answered, as we can go on and on about the place.