Today marks an important date. No, not an important date in American history or even world history. Today marks the end of a journey for a local couple and yet the beginning of a new one. And yet, it does have historic ties.
Last December, Route 60 brought you the story if James and Tammy Neal. The Neals were going through the steps of opening a bed and breakfast in a historic and beautiful home. The Southard House. The house was owned by George Southard (whom Southard, OK was named). Taking a sort of clean slate of an old home (although marvelously maintained by it’s previous owner), was not an easy one. “We hope that the Southard family would be proud that their historic home that they built and loved is being shared with so many people to bring them happiness, relaxation, and healing. We want to cultivate love here and we know the Southards would approve of that”, said Tammy Neal.Read the original Route 60 article about Southard House
Months and months of remodeling and redecorating did not go without taking a toll. “Southard House is an amazing dream come true,” said Neal. Although there have been many late nights of exhausting work to make the inn what it is today, it has been worth it because now we can offer the community top-quality overnight accommodations and a beautiful venue for weddings, business or civic meetings, parties and celebrations of all kinds.”
I remember touring the home in December with James and Tammy and getting the sense though that the creation of this “Not Your Ordinary” B&B was something Tammy was not only relishing, but actually very adept at doing. She was methodically planning each step of how the house would eventually look. “One of my favorite parts of having Southard House is the opportunity to be creative, from the breakfast menu each morning, the decorations in each room of the house, the sweet candy buffet in the parlor, to the many parties we will host here that I will plan and decorate for.” Neal went on, “I am gifted in this area and I feel so blessed that I finally get to use this gift in my work.”
So Monday May 13th may not be historic in the sense that it will appear in history books, but it does offer up something new to Enid. Yes, Enid has some hotels and a bed and breakfast. But nothing like Southard House. “We opened Southard House for two reasons: out of necessity and to fulfill a life-long dream. We wanted to create a beautiful place for brides and grooms to get ready for their wedding day and then come back to spend the night before going away for their honeymoon like we wanted last year for our own wedding but could not find in Enid. We realized that Enid needed a beautiful place for people to celebrate special occasions and we always wanted to start a business together.”
I, personally, can not wait for the first time that I have the opportunity to stay at Southard House. Remember, you don’t have to be a visitor to Enid to be able to enjoy something of this nature.
Accommodations can be made online at theSouthard House Website
The Southard House
518 W. Pine
Enid, Oklahoma 73701
All Pictures Provided via Southard House Facebook Page