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The Mimslyn Inn

History: 
    The Mimslyn Inn
 in Luray

History

The Shenandoah Valley is a 140 mile stretch between the Allegheny Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Virginia andn in the 19th century, it was considered the breadbasket of the Confederacy as the land was incredibly fertile and agriculturally productive. It played an integral role in the Civil War as the backdoor and convenient invasion route for the Confederate Army to attack northern states.

On Main Street in the town of Luray, the Mims family owned and operated the existing Laurance Hotel and Mansion Inn. The land was purchased by Henry and Elizabeth Mims and the Mims brothers had worked in upscale hotels from Florida to Chicago. The land was purchased and materials were brought in from all over the state. JR Mims, Sr. designed a winding staircase, the Mimslyn Inn's most dramatic and romantic feature, considered an architectural masterpiece.

The Mimslyn Inn opened for business in May of 1931 and the local paper dubbed the event a "housewarming", which made the whole affair cozy and intimate in nature. The Mims family graciously welcomed their guests into their new "home" and this spirit of hospitality and comfort has been a distinguishing feature of the Mimslyn Inn for the last 80 years.

Today, the historic inn is under ownership of a new family, Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Asam and their sons, Christian and David, and they continue the Mims' legacy of warmth, family, good service, and quality. In 2008, a multi-million doallar renovation was completed and guests of The Mimslyn Inn can enjoy historic downtown Luray in comfort and luxury.

The Mimslyn Inn, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2008, dates back to 1931.


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