One of A Kind Bed & Breakfast was built in 1867 by Dr. Robert Stephenson Jr. He built it as a hospital for the mentally ill, but at that time people took care of their own, in their own homes, and the enterprise failed. After Dr. Stephenson’s death, the house was operated as a hotel, known as the Merchants’ Hotel. Peddlers backed their wagons to the side door and brought their trunks into the front parlor, and downtown merchants would come there to buy merchandise for their stores.
In 1928, Roza and Frank Miller bought the house and started the first funeral home in the county. The house had been vacant for several years and was in need of repairs. To finance the renovation, the Millers rented 17 rooms on the second and third floors, at $2 per week, with linens furnished. In the record breaking hot summer of 1936, those who rented the rooms on the third floor would bring blanket and pillows down and sleep on the lawn. The Millers’ daughter, Maxine, and her husband, Everette Wehrle, operated the funeral business after the elder Millers retired. They sold the business in 1984 to Tom and Lauren Lange, who continued to operate the Miller-Werhle Funeral Home.
Ronda Sturms (left, current owner) and Joyce Stufflebeam (right, previous owner)
In 1990, Jack and Joyce Stufflbeam opened One Of A Kind, as a place where she could give art classes and sell art supplies. They then opened the Tea Room on Valentine’s Day in 1992 and the bed and breakfast opened the following spring. Stufflebeam continued to operate One Of a Kind until November of 2016, when the business was sold to Joyce’s then employee, Ronda Sturms, who continues to operate the bed and breakfast today.