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Bleckley Inn: Preserving and Presenting the History of Downtown Anderson

By Elisha Neubauer

For those looking to relax in comfort, style, and historical semblance, the Bleckley Inn offers all of the above. The fourteen room inn is a luxurious walk into South Carolina history with its original wooden floors and exposed brick dating back to over a hundred years ago. With a perfect blend of added comforts and the latest technologies, the Bleckley Inn walks the perfect line between old world charm and modern lavishness.

In 2006, Steve and Lynn Kay purchased a set of five historic buildings in Anderson, South Carolina. These five buildings would later assemble the main building of the Bleckley Inn, however, there were several steps in between the process. Three years into their ownership, in 2009, the Budweiser Clydesdales were being housed in the old Carriage House of the property, which at the time was named the Fretwell Livery Stable. The horses' handlers had to drive in and out each day, having to stay at facilities closer to the interstate each night. It was then that the Kays realized they had an opportunity on their hands. "It gave Steve and Lynn the idea of transforming the property into an upscale boutique hotel," Rebekah Peurifoy, Innkeeper of the Bleckley Inn, stated.

But, it still didn't happen overnight. It wasn't until 2011 that the Kay family launched the first set of rooms (fourteen to be exact), in the main building of the property. In 2013, they noticed there was a need for further accommodations and quickly opened the Plaza Building which presented an additional eight rooms plus a rooftop event venue and a restaurant. The Plaza Building dated back to the early 1900s and had housed such businesses as a local pharmacy and a shoe store.

But, the Kays are not done yet. They have plans to add an additional event space which will hold up to five hundred people and two different rooms.

All their hard work, dedication, and patience in launching the space truly paid off in style, though. "Our beds have been described as sleeping on a cloud," said Peurifov. "We sought to find the best beds and bedding possible and sell our Comphy Co sheets at the front desk as well." The inn offers a complimentary southern-style breakfast for all guests, featuring praline bacon and local Timm's Mill Grits. "We also offer nightly milk and cookies," Peurifov exclaimed. "We just want our guests to feel welcomed and at home."

It's clear from the moment you enter the building that the Kays really put their heart and soul into the facility. So what is the driving force behind the love they feel for the Bleckley Inn?

"We seek to preserve and present the historic downtown Anderson with all the modern amenities," explains Peurifov. "Steve Kay often speaks of coming downtown with his mom as a child, and we want to be a part of building a downtown Anderson that people want to come downtown to again."

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