Mother’s Day 2019 is upon us. Gillum House Bed & Breakfast looks forward to Mother’s Day for several reasons.

It is a time when all the kids call to say hello, and many of the grandchildren too. But, it a day when we in West Virginia remember Anna Jarvis. Anna WHO??

Anna Jarvis was born in Webster, Virginia, near the City of Grafton, in 1864. The family attended church at the St. Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton. Anna’s Mother started a group called, The Mother’s Club. After her Mother died, Anna worked tirelessly to create a day honoring Mothers.

The sactuary of the International Mother's Day Shrine, looking at the altar.
International Mother’s Day Shrine

The first Mother’s Day Service was held at St. Andrews Methodist Church May 10, 1908 and it was proclaimed The International Mother’s Day Shrine May 15, 1962.

During the Battle of Philippi on June 3, 1861, General George McClellan made his headquarters in the Jarvis house. The room that was his headquarters was restored as such when the Jarvis House was restored. On June 20, 1863, Webster and Grafton became towns in West Virginia.

Anna Jarvis House, Webster, WV sits on a small hill and had flags from the porch.
Anna Jarvis House, Webster, WV

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, there will be tours of the Jarvis House, a program at 2:00 P.M., crafters, refreshments, and two raffles.

There will be a Mother’s Day Program at the International Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, located 25 miles from Webster and Grafton, offers a Mother’s Day Package each year that includes the tour of the Jarvis House for Mom as a gift of the Gillum House.

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