Frank and Joyce Stewart have owned the Richmond Victorian Inn since 2001. Located in Richmond, Vermont. The Richmond Victorian Inn bed and breakfast offers five great guest rooms with Victorian furnishings.
Meet the Innkeepers
Frank, Joyce and Hilary Stewart
Frank was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and grew up in East Kilbride, just outside of Glasgow. He has been in the hospitality business for well over 40 years, since the age of 15. He is a self-taught chef and has held various positions in hotels and restaurants in Glasgow, Scotland, the Channel Islands and England, from busboy to Banquet Manager and Head Waiter. He has also attended training courses with Trusthouse Forte Hotels and Le Cordon Bleu, in London.
Joyce was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in the Maryland suburb of Oxon Hill. During summers in High School and college, she worked for the Federal Government as a student. She went to Frostburg State College, majoring in Business Administration and Economics and, upon graduation, returned to a permanent position with the Federal Government. A year later, Joyce entered the US Air Force as an officer, as a Hospital Administrator. She was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and at RAF Upper Heyford, between Banbury and Oxford, in England.
As fate would have it, Frank and Joyce met on a blind date, on Halloween, in 1985, in the village of Woodstock, near the grounds of Blenheim Palace. It was love at first sight, and they married in July 1986, returning to the DC area in August that year, at the end of Joyce’s tour at Upper Heyford. Joyce returned to work for the Federal Government. Frank took a job at a local hotel, as a Restaurant Supervisor. In 1987, Frank got the opportunity to work as a special function banquet server at the US Capitol, working for the US Senate Restaurants. While he was there, Frank served many special functions for Senators and their families, including Foreign Relations banquets for visiting dignitaries, Hollywood actors and Heads of State. On several occasions, he also asked to serve and bartend at private parties in Senators' homes.
In 1990, Joyce took a position with the Defense Department at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. There, Frank worked as an on-call special function banquet waiter, and started his own catering company, where he prepared and served dinners, cocktail parties, receptions, and other special functions for many members of the English-speaking community in Brussels.Upon returning to the DC area in 1996, Joyce returned to the Pentagon and Frank first worked at Bruegger’s Bagels. In November 1996, their daughter, Hilary, was born. Shortly thereafter, Frank took a position in corporate food service as a Catering Steward. He eventually moved into chef positions withSodexho-Marriott, culminating in an Executive Chef position a few years before moving to Vermont.
In September 2001, Joyce and Frank came to Vermont to look at a piece of property in Southern Vermont, with the intention to convert it to a small boutique hotel. They stayed in Richmond, at the Richmond Victorian Inn, at the recommendation of their realtor, and looked at several possibilities that weekend. As it turned out, the original property was not the right fit, so they returned to Virginia undecided on future plans.Little did they know that just a few days later, on 9/11, their world would change. They made the decision to make an offer on the Richmond Victorian Inn, which also happened to be for sale at the time. By Christmas 2001, they knew they would be the new owners of that charming Vermont bed and breakfast. The rest, as they say, is history.
For Hilary, the Stewart’s daughter, growing up in an Inn hasn’t always been easy, but she has many fond memories of life here, having started kindergarten in September 2002, just a few months after moving to Vermont. Walking to school with the kids next door, Halloween costume parties and trick or treating, sleepovers, and birthday parties kept life as normal as possible, with guests coming and going. Sharing the holidays with guests wasn’t easy either, but came in handy when one particular Christmas, when Santa brought Hilary a video game that mom and dad didn’t know how to play. A teenage girl staying at the Inn with her family was able to teach Hilary the ins and outs of Nintendo!
Hilary is currently a senior at Mount Mansfield Union High School and works at one of Richmond’s local restaurants as a server. She is an aspiring singer/songwriter and plans to study music performance in college. She can often be heard singing the living room or throughout the house, and has been known to give a private concert on request. You just never know - one of these days, our guests may be able to say “I knew her when....”