kpanek on March 12th, 2017

Shinnston, West Virginia March 12, 2017: I must admit that we have no golf course in Shinnston – but we are working on putting a Frisbee golf course on the rail-trail. However, the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast is located to be accessible to many public golf courses. Many organizations in the area hold golf tournaments as fundraisers also.

I will be pleased to make appointments for tee times for our guests and to serve breakfast accordingly. Here is the list with number of holes, greens fees, and distance from the Gillum House.

Course Holes Cost City Public Miles
Apple Valley Country Club 9 $34 Fairmont x 10
Tygart Lakes Public Golf Course 18 $26-33 Grafton x 15
Paradise Lake Golf Course 9 $15 – 18 Morgantown x 36
Lakeview Golf Course (Lakeview) 18 $49-69 Morgantown x 41
Mountainview Golf Course (Lakeview) 18 $30-40 Morgantown x 41
Bel Meadow Country Club 18 $25-35 Mount Clare x 13
Lake Floyd Golf Club 9 $17-19 Bristol x 16.5
Barbour Country Club 9 $20 Philippi x 21
Meadow Ponds 18 $15-27 Cassville x 23
Deerfield Golf Course 18 $18.75 – 25 Weston x 26.5


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kpanek on March 5th, 2017

Shinnston, West Virginia March 4, 2017: Spring is on its way! March literally roared into Shinnston with high winds and driving rain. March 1 and 2 were cold, wind, and rain. Yesterday, Ma Nature just could not make up her mind what she wanted to do. It was definitely a “But first…..” day for her.

I had some errands to run and the sun was shining. Perfect! I stopped in to Vincent Lumber (also the hardware store for Shinnston before ACE came in 2016) to buy a new switch plate as the one from about 1952 had broken. Then over to Family Dollar, oh, the beautiful sunshine! Fifteen minutes later (a LONG line at the checkout), I came out in a mini blizzard. On to the grocery, and before I had left the parking lot to turn onto US Rt. 19, the sun was shining again.

West Fork River Rail-Trail

West Fork River Rail-Trail

Today is beautiful sunshine and warming temperatures, a perfect day for a bike ride or a hike on the West Fork River Rail-Trail. I can actually see the rail-trail from my office. We have several rail-trails in the area – all are scenic and offer a great ride or hike.

Soon the leaves will be budding and flowers will be blooming. The berry bushes along the rail-trail will also bloom to become the delicious berries waiting to be picked.

Soon we will be planting the first crops at the Shinnston Community Garden for the Lord’s Pantry. Come visit Shinnston and see it for yourself.


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kpanek on January 1st, 2017

December 31, 2016 Shinnston, West Virginia: As 2016 draws to a close, we at the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast thank all our guests over the last 20 years for making it possible for us to give you Shinnston as a place to visit, site-see, hike, bike, elope, or just relax. We hope to welcome guests for many years to come as the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast celebrates its 21st year in July 2017.

We were sad to have to say goodbye to our equestrian guests, but so happy to have been privileged to welcome you and your beautiful horses over the years. Punjab will miss all the carrots he got to enjoy.

We look forward to seeing our motorcycle friends (and many new motorcycle friends) in the years to come. And if you get electric motorcycles, we have the charger ready for you.

Speaking of chargers, Our Tesla charger and her cousin the Universal charger are waiting to welcome every make of electric car on the road. They miss you.

So as we say goodbye to 2016, we welcome 2017 with a wish for health, wealth, happiness, but most of all love for all our past and future guests in 2017. Tiny Tim said it best- May GOD Bless us- Everyone!

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kpanek on December 14th, 2016

December 14, 2016 Shinnston, West Virginia: The owner/host of the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast is aware that some people do not have family to gather with at Christmas.

We are open Christmas and New Year’s holidays and we invite our registered guests who are here during the holidays to join us if they wish for Christmas Dinner (served between Noon and 1 PM) or New Year’s Dinner (served later) to join us for dinner (no, there is no charge for dinner, just join us) with our friends. Call or book online to reserve your room.

Our Christmas Tree

kpanek on November 30th, 2016

Shinnston November 30, 2016: We at the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast personally invite one and all to come to Shinnston, West Virginia, Saturday, December 3, 2016 for the annual Shinnston Christmas Traditions.

The Parade starts at 6 P.M., so get into the City early before traffic is stopped on Pike Street. We have it from good sources that Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Shinnston for the Parade.

This year a tradition is being revived, albeit in a different location, the lighting of the Christmas Tree!

The Shinnston Volunteer Fire Department has acquired a Christmas tree that will be erected on the stage at Pike and Main Streets. It will be lit for the Christmas Season at the end of the Christmas Parade. Christmas Parade Float

Everyone is then invited to the Baptist Lighthouse for the Annual Shinnston Community Band Christmas Concert.  The Shinnston Community Band is a volunteer organization of 65 – 70 musicians from all over north-central West Virginia who come together for the love of making music. We have a lovely program for Shinnston this year. (We say we because this is the last concert season for the innkeeper to play the baritone saxophone – she hopes to find a place in the percussion section in 2017. The baritone sax is being donated to the Shinnston Community Band.)

Shinnston Community Band

IF you miss the Concert Saturday evening, you have one more chance. On Sunday, December 4, the Shinnston Community Band will be performing at the Way of the Holiness Church (off US Rt. 33 East – Fink Run Road exit) near Buckhannon, West Virginia at 3 P.M.

kpanek on September 5th, 2016

September 5, 2016 Shinnston, West Virginia: 

Lincoln NJROTC Color Guard

Lincoln High School NJROTC Nov. 11

We are already in September. Where did the year go? It is time for our Veterans to start looking for and booking their rooms for November 10, 2016.

Bed &Breakfasts around the United States (and BBCanada also) are making a minimum of 1 room available totally FREE OF CHARGE (meaning no minimum stay, no buy one/get one). Just make the reservation as any other guest would – but say B & Bs For Vets – and on arrival when you show Military or Veterans Administration ID, the charge for November 10 disappears.

I admit we do it a bit differently at Gillum House Bed & Breakfast in Shinnston, WV. We provide 2 rooms (so each has a private bathroom – the third room remains vacant) for Veterans for 3 nights, November 9-11, so they can see our West Virginia while here. All three nights are FREE with Military or VA ID. Of course breakfast each morning and routes to see things of interest are included.

We took B & Bs For Vets nationwide in 2010 and BBCanada started theirs in 2011 (we had 11 Canadian B & Bs in 2010). We are proud to say the program is expanding once again. In 2016, BedPosts is sponsoring Thanking Our Forces on 12 November in honor of Remembrance Day – 13 November.

Thanking Our Forces has B & Bs and Guesthouses in England, Scotland, and Wales participating currently. It is truly an International program.

Note to Veterans: Use it. We do not want the rooms to go to waste by being empty.

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kpanek on June 27th, 2016

Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, June 27, 2016: Here is a list of the events in and around Shinnston July thru July 4 – PLUS The Ellis Drive-in will be open with a double feature. Every event on this list is within driving distance of Shinnston.

Friday, July 1
– Fireworks at the Barbour County Fairgrounds at dark
– Fireworks in Bridgeport being set off behind K-Mart at 10 p.m.
– Buckhannon’s 4th of July Celebration at 4 p.m. at Jawbone Park including volleyball, bocce ball and cornhole tournaments along with bounce houses and other activities for kids; Fireworks at dark
Shinnston’s annual Independence Day celebration at Ferguson Park; Bounce houses for kids will begin at 3 p.m., followed by live music at 6 p.m. then a performance by the Shinnston Community Band at 8 p.m. Fireworks will take place at dark.

Shinnston Community Band

Shinnston Community Band Summer Concert

Saturday, July 2
– Celebrate America at the Clarksburg Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s concert.
– Terra Alta’s Old Fashioned 4th of July in the Park from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Independence Day Concert at the Triple S. Harley-Davidson Pavilion in Westover featuring .38 Special with Old Southern Moonshine Revival
– Fireworks at Davis & Elkins College; Music will begin at 8 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
– The town of Rivesville in Marion County will hold fireworks at 10 p.m.; Festivities start at 6 p.m. with a band and activities for the kids
– The city of Thomas in Tucker County will hold fireworks at 9 or 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 3
Patriotic Concert at Palatine Park by the Shinnston Community Band at 1 p.m.
– Terra Alta’s Old Fashioned 4th of July in the Park from 10 a.m. to dark; A parade will take place at 5 p.m., followed by a free concert by Cody Wickline of The Voice at 8 p.m. Fireworks will take place at dark.
– Fireworks over Stonewall Jackson Lake at the resort at dark
– Independence Weekend Golf Tournament at 9 a.m. at Stonewall Resort
– Jones Tavern & Grill in Mount Clare will have family day at the golf course with inflatable rides and cartoon characters at 2 p.m. The celebration will end with a band and fireworks show at dark.

Monday, July 4
– Downtown Morgantown Fireworks at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Amphitheatre; Live music begins at 11 a.m. followed by a parade down High Street at 5 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. followed by live music and fireworks at 10 p.m.
– The town of Fairview will hold a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.
– Palatine Park in Fairmont will hold fireworks at 10 p.m.
– Terra Alta’s Old Fashioned 4th of  July in the Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– Doddridge County Parks Community Independence Day Celebration; Bounce houses will be available for kids from noon to 6 p.m., a DJ will be at the pool from 1 to 5 p.m., and fireworks will take place at 10 p.m.

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kpanek on June 24th, 2016

Shinnston, West Virginia, June 24, 2016: Today was the day we photographed the painting of the re-worked and re-matted 1938 Triumph. Resident artist John Panek decided he was not satisfied with the painting and the mat he had used originally. So it came out of the frame and was redone. Today was perfect for photographing. His paintings are on display on the walls of the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast.

1938 Triumph Painting

Saturday, June 25, 2016 is the annual Shinnston Arts Walk. Some of John’s paintings will be displayed for purchase in front of Shabby Chic Sisters in Shinnston from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. At 7:00 PM join us at Ferguson Park for Broadway By Request as the singers perform songs from Broadway as the audience makes requests. Bring a lawn chair – free admission thanks to our sponsors.

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kpanek on June 17th, 2016

Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, WV June 17, 2016: We are excited to have new professional photos of the Gillum House (thank you, Tracy Toler).

They will be posted to the web site soon, but we are giving a sneak peek here. This is the new look in the Gillum Room – king-size bed with the private ensuite (B & B-speak for attached to the room) that has the claw-foot tub original to the house as well as a 48 inch shower stall. The solid oak bookcase headboard was built by Moosehead Woodwork  of Toronto, Ohio. It has the Gillum House logo in the center. The headboard has plenty of space for guest “stuff” and a USB charging tower for all your electronics. There is also a surge-protector outlet strip on each side of the bed. (Psst – Don’t tell anyone, but the TV is now larger too, a 43 inch flat screen.)

The Gillum Room

The Gillum Room








The Harris also has a new size bed. The Harris now has gone from a full to a queen and we have the photos. The Harris still has the wonderful reading nook with the large rocking chair by the book rack (be sure to “steal” any that appeal to your reading pleasure). The Harris also has surge-protector outlet strips on each side of the bed for any charging needs. The Harris got an upgrade – the flat screen in the Harris is now a 32 inch. The Harris shares the bathroom at the top of the stairs with Rosi’s Room (also queen bed). This bathroom features a 60 inch shower.

Harris Room, Gillum House

The Harris Room

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kpanek on March 1st, 2016

March 1, 2016 Shinnston, West Virginia: We are all set for 2016. Last Wednesday the newest coffees arrived. Wednesday evening we took delivery of the West Virginia Maple Syrup. Today we took delivery of West Virginia honey. And we will soon be arranging to pick up another supply of Gillum House mugs.

We get our coffees from Burman Coffee Company. We restocked Maui and Rwanda and now have Zimbabwe and Burundi added to the list of in-house coffees for our guests to choose from. We roast the choices of the guests (IF chosen in advance from the Confirmation Letter with the most current list) which are then fresh-ground and fresh-perked each morning.

coffe beans, honey, and syrup

Fresh supplies for 2016

Last week was the Small Farms Conference in Charleston, West Virginia as well as the West Virginia Bed and Breakfast Association Conference. While there we met up with the good folks from Family Roots Farm in Wellsburg (Brooke County – my home County) to get 6 quarts of West Virginia Maple Syrup to serve with our homemade “from scratch” pancakes. We also bought 6 lbs. of bacon from the Hampshire County High School FFA at the Small Farms Conference Farmer’s Market. (Since we serve generous portions, that will not last very long)



honey & maple syrup

Local honey & Brooke County maple syrup

Today we took delivery of 6 quarts of honey (3 each of Black Locust and Spring Flower) from Rimfire’s Apiary of Clarksburg – very local honey.

And very soon we will arrange a meeting with Larry Riffle (when we are certain the snows are done – Cowen is snow country) of Riffle Pottery to pick up the latest order of Gillum House mugs. Larry throws each one separately so no 2 are exactly alike and he signs each one.

Gillum House Mugs

Gillum House Mugs



The rooms are ready, supplies are stocked. The only thing missing – is YOU!

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kpanek on December 20th, 2015

December 20, 2015 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: We have been playing with our fruit course again. Serving the “same old” gets boring even though it is new to the guests, delicious, and different fruits – it is still served the same way.

Yesterday we once again got the itch to “play” – so we did. Unfortunately we did not have a star fruit in-house to I resorted to a red raspberry. I was still pleased with the result. What do you think?

Tree of kiwis

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kpanek on September 16th, 2015

Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, West Virginia: Gillum House Bed & Breakfast had a lovely visit today from Gene and Barry Jeffrey of Brymbo B & B in Chipping-Campden. They are on a Morgan Across America Tour. They were in Lewisburg, West Virginia last night and are in Cumberland, Maryland tonight. Since Shinnston is “sort of” in the middle of those places, Gene stopped in to see the B & B AND to collect our dues as we are now members of, the first from “across the Pond” to join them.

Innkeepers from UK arrive in a Morgan car.

A Morgan arrives in Shinnston

Logo of



BedPosts is a B & B Association (Club in the UK) that lists availability of its members so one can contact the B & B with availability directly – avoiding the fees charged to the guest by “booking services” so the guest gets the best price.



Gene Jeffrey has tea

Gene has a cuppa at Gillum House


Morgan at the Log Houe

The Morgan parked in front of the Shinn Log House

Before they went on their way (after having a cuppa of course),

we took them to tour the circa 1778 Levi Shinn 2-story log house. Gene and Barry agreed that although something 237 years old was rather “new” in the UK, it most likely would not have survived there because it is a log structure.

Gene and Barry in Log House

The Jeffreys explore the Shinn Log House

It was wonderful to meet in person, someone I have been talking to on the Internet for almost 2 years. Safe travels, Gene and Barry. It was lovely getting to meet both of you.

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kpanek on August 28th, 2015

Shinnstonm West Virginia, Gillum House Bed & Breakfast: This week is Frontier Days in Shinnston, West Virginia. Development Director Reuben Perdue has done a wonderful thing this year. This year he brought in a new carnival company – and it has made a WORLD of difference!

Usually, the Sunday of Frontier Days week, the carnival rides start rolling in and setting up. For the last 4 years game trailers were parked in front of the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast (would have been butt up to the porch if it were not for having a good sidewalk). All one could see from the porch, which was now a cave, was the back of the Skee Ball trailer and my side yard was littered with trash and cigarette butts.

This year the rides rolled in, were not set up in a loud clanging frenzy of loud, uncouth speech, and there was no trash. We still put up cones at City Hall (1/2 block away) for guest parking should we actually have guests for Frontier Days, one must admit we are where the action is. Promptly at 10 PM week nights and 11 PM on Saturday – ALL rides shut down and quiet descends. It is a wonderful Wednesday thru Saturday in Shinnston. Only one more day to go. The Grand Parade Saturday starts at 11 AM. The Bands (several) and the carnival start at 1 PM. APWA Wrestling at School Square at 7 PM (free admission).

It is lovely to see entire extended families come out for the fun and fellowship for food, rides, entertainment (Wednesday night was the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band and Saturday will be APWA Wrestling (all free by the way)), and to support all the local organizations with their fundraising efforts.

The following photos were taken from my front porch last evening and I could have taken those same photos tonight –

Kids rides in Oriole's Parking lot

Kiddie Rides across from the driveway









But the best, most heart-warming sight is our side yard wall :

Familis sitting on the wall at the Gillum House

Families at Frontier Days


Big Rides View From Porch

Current View From Porch

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kpanek on July 24th, 2015

Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, West Virginia: It is well-known that the innkeeper at Gillum House used to ride motorcycles and the B & B also has a resident artist of Classic Vintage motorcycles. He, in fact, was the owner/tuner of a 1960 BSA Gold Star racer (his friend Larry Cameron was the racer because he could not race due to polio) and did street ride Triumphs and BSAs for years. The paintings by John Panek adorn walls in almost every room in the house. There is an article about John Panek in the July 2015 Antique Motorcycle magazine.

The innkeeper has ridden in a small airplane, a prop airplane, jets, a glider (that was awesome), on the back of motorcycles, as the rider of motorcycles, and on a trike. This week, the innkeeper gets to do something new. IF all goes well, the innkeeper will be taking a road ride in a sidecar attached to a 1954 Harley Davidson Panhead. In the luggage going to McKee’s Sky Ranch All-Brands Motorcycle Event will be one (under-used for years) Shoei motorcycle helmet.

As the song says, “I’m so excited…”

The photo came…..

Kathleen rode in a side car

Kathleen gives the “royal wave”

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