“Enjoy the Seashore Atmosphere of The Risley House when visiting Stone Harbor”.
Originally known as the “Hydrangea Cottage” when it was built by Reese P. Risley in 1909, this striking looking house of the Queen Anne style of architecture would become a long-standing Stone Harbor landmark on First Avenue. This printed advertisement, perhaps in the form of a promotional post card published in the latter 1900s and/or early 2000s, announces the historical Risley House is a full service Bed & Breakfast more commonly referred to as a B&B. Located at 8421 First Avenue, this B&B was centrally located just a half block from the beach. While certainly not a new concept by any means, B&Bs as an industry began to develop worldwide in the 1990s. Such establishments offered overnight accommodations and breakfast. Often B&Bs were private family homes with typically between 4 and 11 rooms with the average being 6 rooms. In addition, a B&B usually has the hosts actually living in the house or on the premises. Upon examining this colorful brochure or card (whichever the case may be), we see that major credit cards were “conveniently” accepted for reservations during the 5-month tourist season. Bookings could be made and inquiries also could be managed by using the Risley House online website.