The Wheelwright Suite, is located on the second floor’s Lincoln Wing, making this suite the most private room at the Inn. The suite, with its imposing four poster king bed, and palace-style oriental rug, blue silk window treatments, along with fine antiques and works of art, showcases how Esquire Sullivan would have lived in the early 1800s. The second room has two twin beds connecting to the Suite’s private bathroom with a tub. The suite also has a small study with an original Waldorf Towers antique desk, juxtaposed with a beautiful modern bar with a refrigerator. With its original Federal-style mantle and gas fireplace, period lighting, including two Wedgewood side table lamps, and other fanciful decorations, the Wheelwright Suite is the perfect escape.
Named for John Wheelwright, a Puritan clergyman in England and America, he is best known for having been banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the Antinomian Controversy, and for subsequently establishing the town of Exeter, New Hampshire. Raised in a well to do family, he attended Sussex College where he was a close friend of Oliver Cromwell. He left for Boston in 1636, and although warmly welcomed, he soon fell out of favor and was banished from the colony. Wheelwright went north with a group of followers during the harsh winter of 1637–1638, and in April 1638 established the town of Exeter in what would become the Province of New Hampshire. He returned to England in 1655 but after Cromwell’s death, he once again returned to New England and became a minister in Salisbury, Massachusetts, where he died.