kpanek on June 6th, 2018

Shinnston, West Virginia June 6, 2018: Gillum House is doing a video.  Thought you might like to see coffee being poured at breakfast. This was our fresh-roasted, fresh-ground and perked New Guinea coffee. Choose YOUR coffee from our in-house coffee list to be roasted for YOUR breakfast.

We will post the video in a few weeks.

pouring morning coffee

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kpanek on May 30th, 2018

Shinnston, West Virginia, May 30, 2018: Kathleen has been owner/Host of Gillum House Bed & Breakfast since it opened as a B & B in 1996. We thought it was time to tell how she learned to cook for you, her guests.

Growing up in Brooke County West Virginia, we did not live in a town or city. We had an 8-party phone line with a Follansbee phone number – all I ever knew our number to be was R-4, my Granny and Pappy had J-3. Our mailing address was R.D.#3, Wellsburg. And we went to elementary school at Colliers Grade School in Colliers, WV.

We had chickens – so there was no shortage of eggs. We had cows – so there was no shortage of milk, cream, or butter (and many hours were spent lifting the dasher up and down in that wooden churn). We made our bread, cakes, and pastries. Store-bought was not done.  Mom said, here is a cookbook. Have at it. She showed me how to make bread, cakes, cookies, pastries, and how to cook good food.

Found a couple of photos recently of life on the farm at about age 2 & about age 6. It was a great place to grow up and taught many skills that come in handy today.


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kpanek on February 6th, 2018

February 6, 2018, Shinnston: As was true in much of the East, we spent 2 weeks trying to stay warm. AND we managed to keep the waterlines from freezing.

Fortunately we had 2 out of 3 weeks in January that Mother Nature decided to warm West Virginia up a bit, weeks we did not have to worry about freezing lines. Those were weeks we had City duties with Conferences. Your innkeeper also serves the City of Shinnston as City Clerk.

Gillum House is in change at this time. The former workshop is in the process of becoming our new office. The insulation is in and the walls are up. The ceiling will go in tomorrow. Then comes the taping, carpet, outlets, lights, and light switches, and a phone line before we can move in. But Step #1 is in progress. Woohoo!

Step #1 is a thing of beauty. Here are photos of December 2017 to the change today, February 6, 2018. Then Jan. 5, 2018 all the wall stripped and insulation in. February 6, 2018 sheets of insulation were put up and then the walls.

Workshop to Office

Dec. 2017 after wiring










Starting to look like an Office

The Walls are in 2-6-18. Ceiling tomorrow

Workshop to Office- panelling stripped

2-5-18 insulation in and walls stripped

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kpanek on October 9th, 2017

Shinnston, WV, October 9, 2017: B & Bs For Vets will once again happen in honor of Veterans Day November 11. This program of bed & breakfasts providing a minimum of 1 room totally free for 1 night to say Thank You to both the Veteran and the unsung hero (the spouse) went nationwide (and international) in 2010. BBCanada started the program in Canada in 2011.

This actually started at Gillum House Bed & Breakfast in Shinnston in 2008 with 9 other members of West Virginia Bed & Breakfast Association joining in in 2009. Gillum House provides 2 rooms for 3 nights (November 9-11) totally free each year to Veterans. This year our Veterans are from West Virginia and Ohio.

B & Bs For Vets logo

Veterans should go to to find participating B & Bs.

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kpanek on August 20th, 2017

August 20, 2017 Shinnston, West Virginia: It is that time of year again! The sun is out nice and bright, the air is still, and it is HOT! And as I look out the window of my office, I can see it is once again almost time for Frontier Days.

Frontier Days always starts at Gillum House on Sunday, with the arrival of the first of the rides. The Bears are almost always the first one in.

Bears Carnival Ride

By morning there will be more Myers Amusements rides and trailers in front of Gillum House with Kiddie Rides arriving across Davis Court in Casey’s parking lot. By Monday evening just about everything will be here and the setting up will begin. By Tuesday evening it will just about all be set up. They will spend Wednesday making certain everything is tightened up and safe for the opening Wednesday evening.

Kids rides in Casey's Parking lot




Parades: Thursday night at 7:00 PM is the Fireman’s Parade; Friday is the Tractor Show; Saturday the Parade is at 11:00 AM. Shinnston loves a Parade.

Arts & Crafts at the Shinnston Volunteer Fire Department starting at 9 AM

Entertainment? Frontier Days has a little entertainment lined up.

Wednesday: Olivia Gianettino. Then Aristotle Jones

Thursday: Dave & Sugar Karaoke.  Then the Davisson Brothers.

Friday: Silas Powell and the Family Band. Then Dark Matter

Saturday: Gene Shelton at Noon; Nick Davisson at 4:00; Last Year’s Model at 6:30; Union Sound Treaty with Owen Schmitt at 8:00


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kpanek on May 26th, 2017

We have upgraded and fixed up inside the Gillum House over the years. We decided it was time to improve the outside.

We removed the hedges and planted blueberries across the front of the yard in October 2015. Eventually they will grow to form a “hedge”. We may be able to harvest a few berries this year (if the birds do not beat us to them) as 5 of the 6 have berries on them.

Along the side of the yard, we have planted blackberry bushes with the hope of them forming the “hedge”. 3 of them fell victim to the weed whacker last year, but they have been replaced. We hope to harvest a few blackberries this year as several of the plants are “in flower”.

We now have chairs and a fire pit in the back yard for the enjoyment of our guests. We have 2 chairs for now, but will be adding more soon (we do have folding chairs available now if there are more than 2 wishing to sit around the fire pit). We hope our guests enjoy the new addition – the fire pit.

Fire pit looking north

Facing north

Chair at fire pit facing south

Facing south




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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 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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