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Violet Hill Bed and Breakfast


Enjoy peaceful surroundings on the banks of Cane River Lake. Luxurious living area, porch swings on the veranda, gazebo dock on the riverfront.
The house was built between 1880 – 1890 and owned by the Genoe heirs and the structure was known as the Natchitoches Ice Company, Ltd.
On October 10, 1904 it sold to Dr. Edward G. Lawton and was used as the Cottage Sanatorium. In 1917 Dr. Lawton started using the house as a family home. Through the years he added several rooms to the original four. He, and his wife, Marie Catherine Prudhomme, had four Children, A.G., Elisabeth, Dorothy, and Ferdinand. Dr. and Mrs. Lawton continued to live in the home until their deaths.
In 1921 Dr. Lawton’s daughter, Dorothy, married George Poleman, Sr., son of the City’s Mayor Theodore Edward Poleman, who was assassinated in 1922. Upon their return to Natchitoches, Dorothy lived in the home with their children, Mary, Jane, and George, Jr. The home was sold to George Jr., Who raised his six children there, George III, Terry Elisabeth, Patricia Ann, Kenneth Lawton, James Craig, and Jennifer Marie. After 84 years in the Lawton family the house sold in 1988.
In 1880 when the house was built this room and bath were detached from the main structure as a kitchen and maids room. Now part of the main structure, it has been handsomely appointed in the British Isles Collection from Ethan Allen this room contains Regency chairs, a four poster queen size bed and matching armoire with a TV enclosed. The bath is very spacious complete with a park bench and a large window overlooking Cane River Lake. You will be pleased to see the 2 person Jacuzzi tub with shower, perfect for relaxing after a busy day of site seeing.
For more information you can also call 318-352-9206.