History of the Queen’s Residence Bed and Breakfast.
The Queen's Residence, a historic Ann Arbor area Bed and Breakfast, was built circa 1870 for Samuel Barnard, a vice president of the Peninsular Paper Company; one of the paper mills located on the Huron River. The house was originally a brick Italianate Victorian. It was modified to its present day Classical Revival form during the tenure of the home’s second owner, Charles Newton, ( pictured below with Henry Ford and Frank Campsall) in the 1920’s – 1940’s. Charles Newton was a key employee of Henry Ford. As a real estate broker and lawyer, one of his duties was as chief buyer for properties purchased for Greenfield Village. Charles Newton added the plantation veranda and ever since residents of Ypsilanti have referred to the house as “Tara”. We think this is fitting since Marla’s oldest daughter’s name is Tara! Following Newton there were two other owners before Marla bought the house in 1999: the Gibsons, professors at Eastern Michigan University, and the Hoags, a financial planner and an interior decorator.
The Queen's Residence has been featured on several Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Home tours and Meals on Wheels Christmas Home Tours. Since becoming a Bed and Breakfast in 2007, we have had the distinction of winning several awards for excellence.
2008: One of 10 best in the Midwest, by bedandbreakfast.com
2010: The best B&B in Michigan, by The OFFICIAL BEST OF
2012: Best of Business, B & B, by Ypsilanti Award Program
2013: Best of Business, B & B, by Ypsilanti Award Program
2014: Business Hall of Fame, Ypsilanti Award Program