African-American siblings rejuvenate Keystone Inn Bed and Breakfast in Gettysburg


African-American siblings rejuvenate Keystone Inn Bed and Breakfast in Gettysburg

The Keystone Inn, located at 231 Hanover St. in Gettysburg, was purchased and renovated by brothers Patrick, Christine and Stephen Campbell. The new owners, perhaps the first African Americans to own a bed & breakfast in Gettysburg, have created a space where people can retreat with friends, family and colleagues.

After a long search for a bed and breakfast, the Campbells purchased the Keystone in August 2020. When choosing the Keystone, the siblings looked for a place with character, a place large enough to host family gatherings and close to Underground Railroad stops.

The team carried out a substantial rehabilitation of the property before opening for three months around Remembrance Day 2020, closing for further renovations, and then reopening in April 2021. Working amid the pandemic, the brothers and sisters also took care that people could visit the inn. in the safest way possible.

“Changing the world from the dining room table” is the phrase Christine Campbell uses frequently to express one of their many roles as innkeepers. Their priority is to create unique guest experiences that allow friends, family and colleagues to connect and engage in a relaxing and peaceful setting.

The garage has been transformed into the “Carriage House”, a welcoming space for small meetings and friendly gatherings, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and wired for PA and videoconferencing, creating the ideal place to “work from home”. at the Auberge.” The Auberge also includes a well-equipped kitchen, perfect for preparing hearty and delicious breakfasts for guests as well as hosting large family holiday dinners.

The Campbell team included Keystone’s historical heritage in its design by incorporating themes from Civil War stories. Each room is named after a historical figure, including Basil Biggs, an African-American farmer and veterinarian from Gettysburg.

One of the bedrooms pays homage to the Reasor family, the first owners of the house. The Reasors were local furniture makers and the room features pieces of their work.

Christine Campbell has spent most of her working life in the non-profit sector, managing, administering and developing housing and services for people with disabilities. She was a strong advocate for social justice. In her spare time, she sings with her local church choir and enjoys entertaining guests with great food, fun and company.

Patrick Campbell has worked in technology project management for most of his career and has strong business acumen. He is an exceptional pianist in his day and loves sports, especially basketball and football.

An architect by training, Stephen Campbell has worked in utilities in New York, Washington, DC, and currently in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His work focuses on long-term community development, and he brings his principles to it. He is an organic gardener and a Sondheim fan in his spare time.

For more information, please visit the Keystone Inn website.


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