Freeze House Bed & Breakfast

The Freeze House History


The Freeze House was constructed during the first World War, between 1914 and 1918, by Jessie Williams Freeze and Jacob Frank Freeze.  The architecture is modified bungalow, i.e., a central hall with three rooms on each side.  The modifications include a second floor, again with a central hall, and six additional bedrooms.  During the winter, the house was a private home, but during the summer it was opened to summer guests from the warmer cities and towns.

In those early days, the Freeze House served breakfast and dinner, and was happy to pack a picnic lunch for the guests, who spent their time touring the scenic attractions of the area, including Whiteside Mountain, Black Rock Mountain, and Water Rock Knob, all of which are much more accessible today!

Many of the visitors in those days before air conditioning, returned every summer to enjoy the much cooler mountains, and the Freezes hospitality.  Evenings were spent on the porch watching the fireflies, or in the living room playing bridge, setback, or pinochle.  Occasionally, someone would sit at the piano and everyone would join in a chorus of "In the Gloaming", or "Little Brown Church in the Wildwood".

During the Second World War, passenger trains stopped service to the area, and the tourist trade languished.  Mr. Freeze died in 1946, and Mrs. Freeze began to take in boarders - construction workers and business people in town who needed lodging for a month or so.  She kept this up until her final illness and death at age 96, in 1973.

The house reverted to private status under the ownership of Patrick and Mary Ellen Montague, and their family.  Patrick is the son of the Freeze's daughter, Margaret, who died in 1938.

The Freeze House was restored and modernized in 1994-1995, by the Montague family, with Michael Montague, the great-grandson of the Freezes as the principal builder and contractor.

Today the house, in addition to being a bed and breakfast, remains in use as a private home.

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