Vintage line drawing of the original Victorian mansion at 1109 West State Street in Jacksonville Illinois

Lights glow from the windows and illuminate the boston ferns hanging on the front wraparound porch in this evening photo of Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast a Victorian mansion in the historic district

Imagine walking in the footsteps of Mrs. Eliza Adams, the well-to-do widow for whom our home was built in the late 1880’s. Picture the trolley that traveled beneath the overhanging limbs of the beautiful elm trees that lined historic State Street in days gone by. Take some time to stroll along State Street and College Street and view the many magnificent homes that have stood the test of time. Our quiet location offers the opportunity to allow your mind to wander back in time to the late 1800’s. Step away from the standard hotel stay! Experience the exemplary service, gourmet breakfasts, central location and historic ambiance of our premier Bed & Breakfast. Let us show you why it’s the “better way to stay!”


Antique wooden entry doors with floral decor welcome guests to Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast, 1109 West State Street, Jacksonville Illinois
A Grand Entry Welcomes You

Beautiful double doors swing open to welcome you into the grand foyer. Like many homes of this vintage, we have two sets of grand entry doors with screen doors. Unlike days past, we only close the outer entry doors when the weather is extremely cold or windy.



Glorious Woodwork Reflects Fine Craftmanship of the Past

Beautiful woodwork accents the fireplace surrounds and the carved Victorian stairway. Hardwood floors throughout the main floor show a warmth and patina that’s a century in the making. Pocket doors are trimmed beautifully and the notched accents on every door, the hallmark of the builder, are quite unique in this day and age.


The front foyer antique chandelier casts a warm glow on the front parlor

Sparkling Chandeliers Create a Warm Ambiance

Nearly every room in our home is illumined by a beautiful chandelier. From the front parlor to the Tranquility bathroom, whether sparkling bright or dimmed to candlelight, they lend a beautiful ambiance.










Tickle the Ivories on our Baby Grand Piano

The baby grand player piano is illuminated by light from the front window overlooking neighbor homes in the historic district

Although by no means an antique, hearing the music wafting from the digital baby grand certainly brings to mind the relaxing atmosphere of days gone by. Spend some time in the front parlor playing the piano, reading, visiting, or just listening to music and relaxing.