Located in the southeast corner of Iowa, Albia is the county seat of Monroe County. Noted for its coal production in the late 1800s Albia was home to many mining families and the physicians who tended to them. This home was built by Dr. Powell in 1901 in an Edwardian style. No expense was spared in the beautiful maple and quarter sawn oak pocket doors, pivot doors, columns and staircase. With two parlors, a library and formal dining room this was early 20th century elegance. At the top of the oak staircase is a large original stained glass window depicting Rebecca at the well.
The home was built next to St Mary’s Catholic Church. When Dr. Powell’s children passed away the home was sold to St Mary’s and used as a rectory for many years. In the 1980s the church was torn down and the home sold. A few relics of the church were saved and are on display in the home including the cross that adorned the steeple. The home has long been known as the “rectory” in Albia hence our name as the Olde Rectory B&B. Continuing in that vein the guest rooms are named after saints Patrick, Vincent, Michael and Valentine.
My wife Catherine and I (Jonathan), over the course of two years, drove nearly 60,000 miles, viewed countless homes over 5 states to find the perfect combination of home and community. We believe we found it in this home and in this community and we would like to share them with you. Come join us for a relaxing stay exploring our stores, the many events hosted by the town or catch up with old friends and family. Our home is the perfect location for planning your activities.
Our home is located in a charming area just one block off the town square, famous for its stunning Victorian architecture, historic buildings, and a magnificent courthouse. You’ll find an array of fantastic antique stores, boutiques, thrift stores, and restaurants surrounding the square.
If you visit during the first weekend in December, you can be a part of the town’s annual Victorian stroll. This event is positively delightful! Merchants will put on live displays of Victorian scenes in their shop windows while locals dress in vintage clothing. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season! And, the best part is that costumes are available at no cost, so you can join us and enjoy the unforgettable experience of a Victorian Christmas.