Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
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Telegraph House Bed & Breakfast - Port Stanley, Ontario

“Also our second time here. Lovely decor in the room and house especially with x-mas decorations. Very comfortable bed with high end linens. Appreciate the small touches like bubble bath, make-up remover pads, housecoats, etc. Excellent food. Thank you for a wonderful stay.”
D & C, London, Ont.


We had a wonderful weekend. For several years a women's weekend away is planned and we always stay at B&B's. Yours ranks #1. The rooms are beautiful, and we all fell in love with the bathrooms. The food second to none and your friendly and most helpful hospitality made our stay a weekend to remember."
Jean:Wellburn, Joan:Uniondale, Anne:New Hamburg, Sheri:London, Terri:St.Mary's, Becky:St.Mary's


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Telegraph House Circa 1875

Village of Port Stanley Heritage Building

Manuel Payne, Postmaster and builder, Telegraph House
Manuel Payne, Postmaster and builder, Telegraph House
Port Stanley, Ontario
Port Stanley, Ontario
Telegraph Key, Second Floor, Telegraph House
Telegraph Key, Second Floor, Telegraph House
circa. l890, Telegraph House, Port Stanley, Ontario
circa. l890, Telegraph House, Port Stanley, Ontario
Historical Plaque
Historical Plaque
Telegraph House
Telegraph House
Porch Detail, Telegraph House Port Stanley, Ontario
Porch Detail, Telegraph House Port Stanley, Ontario
Front Finial, Telegraph House, Port Stanley, Ontario
Front Finial, Telegraph House, Port Stanley, Ontario

The Postmaster Manuel Payne built this house on top of the stone foundation of the Bostwick house named after John Bostwick who was the original founder of Port Stanley.

Manuel Payne operated the Post Office & Customs House next door to 205 Main Street in the 1800's and brought the telegraph system to Port Stanley, which served as an early warning station for the floundering boats on Lake Erie.

Manuel Payne eventually moved the telegraph machine into his home for easy access and late night messages. We believe he used the second floor landing for the telegraph. This area in the house provides a lookout onto the harbour and is also a semi-public space that could be used by customers without interfering in the house.

Since then the house has been a private residence in Port,and eventually was converted into commercial space for retail and restaurants.

After much work and renovations we bring you Telegraph House, our version of a harbourfront inn with three very grand bed and breakfast suites, all with either ensuite or private bathrooms.

Jon & Vicci have been recognized by Ontario Heritage Trust for the renovations and preservation of 205 Main Street in 2005. A historical plaque now graces the front garden through a complimentary effort and suggestions from Heritage Port and Heritage Central Elgin.

Telegraph House, 1875 - 2015

London Door 1800's

This excerpt from Free Press article about our historical front door ...

"Most 1800's Historical front door at Telegraph House, Port Stanley are finely crafted, requiring cabinetry and wood-bending skills. Beck defines a London door as "having an arch, touching the frame of the doorway, over the door, and smaller matching, lower arches over the sidelights. Each arch is perfectly curved and made of three layers of wood, the top layer with a rounded cross-section. The arches vary in size but their shape is consistent, and there is usually a simple corbel (also called a console or bracket, a flat-topped outcropping frequently with a downward-pointing scroll) at the junctions of the main arch with the arches over the sidelights."

"Figuring out who made these doors is a bit of a whodunit. Beck is tracking down her theory that many were created by two brothers: Jeremiah and James Moran, who came to London from Ireland in 1868."

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