Friendship, Remembrance, and Folk Art

Years ago, Karen Pullen embarked on an amazing endeavor, restoring a historic home within walking distance of downtown Pittsboro. It was not just any home; moreover, it would become a significant place for travelers because Karen opened her home for guests at this bed & breakfast. Two decades were filled with happy couples, writers, educators, military personnel, and other individuals from many places, for which Rosemary House became a haven to which many would return.

Recently, Karen passed the baton to new owners, Heather and Jamie Buster. It means a great deal for the convention & visitors bureau (CVB) to share the story of this B&B as we celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week (#NTTW18) since it aptly fits this year’s theme, Travel Then and Now.

Heather and Jamie have immersed themselves in taking Karen’s experiences and adding new features, including their plans for an on-site folk art gallery (The Kindred Gallery). Their investment is essential, both within the community and their inclusiveness of complementary small businesses and their fellow innkeepers. Locally-owned Vino!! Wine Shop and 580 Craft Beer are their go-to partners for their evening wine and beer gathering with guests. Deep River Mercantile’s talented Hannah Brown is responsible for transforming the B&B into one for today’s traveler, alongside the plans, hopes, and vision of Heather and Jamie.

A warm welcome and cookie upon arrival; recommendations of many places to eat, things to do, see; an evening hour to unwind with wine and snacks; and a refrigerator stocked with water, yogurt, etc., plus tea and coffee are available throughout the stay.

Folk art, some from the couple’s personal collection, is displayed throughout the B&B and for sale. Guests will find privacy, if they wish, or conversation, if they choose. Depending on the purpose for their stay, they can seek places for productivity and leisure, with helpful suggestions and plenty of local eats (breakfast pastries from Willy’s Cinnamon Rolls or Phoenix Bakery).

The sentiment of friendship and remembrance will continue for future guests.