The Talbot House is one of Waynesville’s oldest homes. She has stood at the corner of North Street overlooking the town’s comings and goings for 130 years. The home was originally constructed by Reverend Albert Washington Davis for his family in 1885. Only three years later he tragically died from injuries sustained while fighting a fire at the row of commercial buildings on the south side of the square. His widow converted the home into a hotel known as The Pulaski House. It is long rumored that during this time a reluctant witness to a high profile murder case chose to commit suicide in his rented room rather than go to the courthouse to testify during the trial.
In 1920 Dr. Charles A. Talbot purchased the home. He practiced medicine in this location for over 20 years before moving his office just west of the Courthouse Square. After he passed away in 1945, his widow, Emma Pearl, supplemented her income by renting rooms. A strict boarding house operator, “Maude”, as she was known, generally rented to school teachers, telephone operators, and highway patrolmen.
In 1969 Mrs. Bonnie Dubowski purchased the home and resided there until her death in 1994. She was a loving caretaker of the home and the house suffered without her, slowly deteriorating until it was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Keith Osborne in 2001. It has operated as Talbot House Antiques, Collectables, & Gifts for more than a decade.
The home is normally open after hours once a month (first Saturday) to participants of Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House. During National Speleological Society Convention 2015 (#NSS2015) the investigations will be opened up to 30 attendees (18+) over the course of three evenings. Investigations for groups of ten will take place Tuesday (July 14), Wednesday (July 15) and Thursday (July 16) beginning at 8:30 pm and lasting until approximately 11:00 pm. Normally $20, the experience is discounted to $18 for cavers. You MUST call and reserve your spot and prepay your reservation (check or money order only) no later than June 30th. To make your reservation contact Dawnmarie Cecora at 573.528.2149. Feel free to bring cameras, head lamps, audio recorders, video cameras. Availability is limited- make your reservation for a chilling good time today!
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