The Lawrence House was originally built in 1897 by William Abbott Lawrence as his home. The house was then owned by the Cragen family, who maintained it mostly in it's original condition for approximately 60 years. In the early 1980’s, owners Price and Christina Corney transitioned it into The Crystal Palace Victorian Bed & Breakfast. Approximately 16 years later, they sold it to Stephen And StacieAyotte who continued to run and maintain The Crystal Palace. In the fall of 2014 the home was sold to Kathleen and Martin Clark. The Clarks have changed the name to the Lawrence House Victorian Bed & Breakfast in honor of Mr. Lawrence.
A bit more history...
William Lawrence was born in 1856 in Monkton, VT. He attended High School in Vergennes, VT after which he returned to farming at his childhood home. In 1881, Mr. Lawrence moved to Bristol and transitioned into the carriage making business for 15 years. In 1899, he began buying and trading horses from the Midwest. This business afforded Mr. Lawrence to live comfortable lifestyle. He was also a Sheriff of Addison County.
Mr. Lawrence was first married in 1876 to Lockie Partch who died in 1899. The story of the Crystal Palace comes with the marriage of his second wife, Minnie Peet. In 1897, Mr. Lawrence swore to Minnie Peet that he would build the “grandest home in Bristol” should she accept his marriage proposal. She accepted his proposal and he stayed true to his promise by building a three-story Victorian home on the corner of North and Spring St. The couple married in 1901. Minnie was tragically killed in a railroad collision in 1906. Due to her death, Mr Lawrence could not bear to occupy this beautiful home that he had built for his wife and he resided next door with his nephew until his death in 1915.
The ‘Lawrence’ name is well known in the town of Bristol as Mr. Lawrence built the Lawrence Memorial Library as a memorial for his two wives. Mrs. Lockie Partch Lawrence was one of the original promoters of the Bristol Library Association and his second wife, Mrs Minnie Peet Lawrence was also interested in the library after their marriage. The library was built in 1910 and dedicated on 1911. In a newspaper clipping of this event it was stated that Mr. Lawrence “has been a resident of Bristol since 1881 and has been an active hustler ever since.”
We invite you to visit us...
Whether you just need a place to stay for the night or you have big plans to venture out to see the sights, at The Lawrence House you can be sure you'll have a place to call home.