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Captain Montague's B&B has new owners

Brotherton family purchased historic building

Melissa Topey, Sandusky Register


Mar 14, 2015

The historic Captain Montague's Bed & Breakfast in Huron is under new ownership.

Nancy and Bruce Brotherton took over the inn on Nov. 17.

“It is a fabulous place,” Nancy Brotherton said. “We have always wanted to own a bed and breakfast.”

The couple moved to the area from Wellington.

Bruce suggested they look for a B&B on the market. They looked on the islands, but nothing felt right. Their youngest daughter then noticed a listing for 229 Center St. in Huron.

“Huron is such a unique community. We came in and fell in love with it,” Nancy said. “It felt like coming home.”

The home was built in the late 1870s by the owner of the local lumber yard, who is also master ship builder, named John Wickham, said former owner Judy Tann.

The home spans an entire block in Huron's lakefront community known as the Old Plat.

Wickham built several homes on Center Street.

Captain Charles Montague bought the home from Wickham. The captain died of pneumonia while at sea, Tann said.

Judy and her husband, Mike, who was the former city manager for Huron, bought the home in 1993 from Bob and Shirley Reynolds.

Captain Montague's home had been converted into five apartments in 1958. It was also used as professional offices up until 1982, when the Reynolds rescued it and converted it into a bed and breakfast.

The Reynolds family and the Tanns both did work to restore the home. Judy expects the Brotherton's will do the same.

“Which is wonderful," Tann said. "That property deserves it."

The front doors make a statement with the original beautiful, warm ruby glass. Guests entering those doors walk into the foyer and immediately see its hand-crafted, solid black walnut staircase. There is red oak and mahogany wood in the home, as well as original plaster crown molding.

They advertise five of the seven bedrooms to be reserved for stays.

The Victorian home is romantic and honeymooners are some of the first to book a stay.

Nancy, who used to operate a restaurant and a Victorian tea room, cooks up tasty food for her guests.

“I want to pamper people,” Nancy said.

Small parties can be booked as well.

The music room contains an 1880 carved walnut pump organ. This is in honor of Sarah Montague, who graduated from the Oberlin School of Music in the 1880s and had a similar organ. The home also contains the Captain's Parlor, known as the billiards room, where men used to retreat to for a drink and a cigar.

The history is part of the home's charm.

“It's part of the community," Nancy said. "We are its caretakers.”


Captain Montague's Bed & Breakfast

• WHERE: 229 Center St., Huron

• PHONE: 419-433-4756 or 1-800-276-4756



A day at a B&B

In honor of Captain Montague and his Irish heritage, Nancy and Bruce Brotherton are hosting “Luck of the Irish,” a contest to win a one-night stay at Captain Montague's Bed & Breakfast.

The drawing will take place on St. Patrick's Day.

Check out their Facebook for details on the contest.