Cathy Millar is a Registered Nurse; her hobbies include gardening, beekeeping, needlework, and making 18th century clothing.
John Fitzhugh Millar is a former museum director and captain of an historic full-rigged ship. John is also the author and publisher of many historical books -- autographed copies are available for sale at the inn. Currently, John is working on a book about Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham (1632-1705), the world’s first woman architect.
Both are descended from people living in the Williamsburg area in the 18th century. Their son Ian was born in 1991. Also in residence is our pet rabbit, Josephine Bunnyparts.
Quotes from letters we have recieved:
"We agree that our stay with you was our favorite part of visiting Williamsburg."
"The house and the beautiful furnishings perfectly combine modern comfort with 18th-century elegance and taste."
Quotes from Guest Letters "The two rooms set aside for guests make other accommodations in the area look shabby. No effort is spared by the Millars to provide their guests every comfort. The end result is not a mere weekend in Williamsburg but a delightful visit with old friends. Now we look for reasons to visit Williamsburg just so we can stay in Newport House."
"We cannot imagine a better setting for our honeymoon, and we know that we are far richer for the time we’ve spent here with you."
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Josephine Bunnyparts - House Rabbit & Host
Mr.Millar built the 24-gun Revolutionary War frigate ROSE in 1969-70, which had a 15-year career of successful adventure/sail-training on the East Coast into the Great Lakes, and the Caribbean, as well as one glorious Summer in Europe, educating up to 31 subscribed trainees per week ranging in ages from 8 to 80..until she sailed to the West Coast to co-star with Russell Crowe in Master & Commander: to the Far Side of the World. She is now permanently on display as Surprise at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, leaving a big hole in the East Coast sail training scene.
John Millar built the 12-gun sloop PROVIDENCE (first vessel of the Continental Navy in October 1775) in 1974-76, which had a successful sail-training career, starred in Pirates of the Caribbean II and III, until she was bought by the City of Providence to remain on their waterfront.and is currently in service in Providence, RI working with day sails for school children.
He also designed the brig Lady Washington LADY WASHINGTON (copy of the first American vessel to reach the West Coast in 1787) in the 1980s for the non-profit organization in Aberdeen, Washington that uses her for port visits and adventure/sail training cruises. She has starred in Star Trek Generations and the original Pirates of the Caribbean. Now named "The Official Ship of the State of Washington," She was recognized for 16 years of service as a goodwill ambassador to the nation and the world and as a floating classroom for young people from across the country. The State of Washington was named after the ship, not after George.
Virginia is for Lovers?
We have all seen the slogan Virginia is for Lovers, but do you know where it came from? The Advertising Agency Martin and Woltz Inc. of Richmond, Virginia came up with the slogan after winning the Virginia State Travel account in 1968. But the first version of the slogan was "Virginia is For History Lovers".
Virginia IS for history lovers, and that's just fine with us...