Prior to becoming the owner/innkeeper and wedding planner at the Ellwanger Estate, I began my career as an educator, a nurse, and then a Certified Nurse Midwife. In addition, I have had a long and distinguished career in the United States Air Force Reserve, most memorable being a member of the Joint Forces Command and a senior flight nurse instructor, retiring with the rank of Colonel.
In 2006, I purchased the horribly dilapidated Ellwanger mansion, adjacent to the “Ellwanger Gardens”, both with great historical significance. I stumbled upon this diamond in the rough and found that I needed it as much as it needed me, it was love at first sight.
I have spent several years lovingly restoring the Ellwanger Estate to bring it back to its original glory. Today the Ellwanger mansion is once again a jewel of Rochester, hosting guests, weddings, meetings, music recitals and artists workshops.
Along with being a proud owner of the Ellwanger Estate B&B, I always try to find ways to give back to our wonderful Rochester, NY community. Currently I supports a number of local charitable organizations including the Landmark Society of Western NY, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lollypop Farms, and David’s Refuge. I am so happy to be a part of such a great community, and we always want to do what we can to support it.
The altruism of George Ellwanger, a visionary and preservationist and Patrick Barry have added to the rich character and history of Rochester. I strive to carry on this mission at the Ellwanger Estate Bed and Breakfast and to share the “Ellwanger Experience” with guests that visit from all around the world.
“The love you liberate in your work is the only love you keep”. Thank you Elbert Hubbard! Well I love what we do and we are confident that our passion and dedication will ensure that you will have a wonderful and memorable stay in Rochester, NY.
Max works nonstop entertaining guests, dust bunny herding, closet monster elimination, and is just a pure joy. Ask to met the newest member of the Ellwanger Team! (arrived July 2022~ adopted at 13 years young).
Nilgum "Nil" joined the Ellwanger Estate after graduating from MCC in May 2021 as a hospitality major. Nil had taken on the Ellwanger Estate as her second home and oversaw all aspects of concierge and customer service. Her enthusiasm for exceptional service was evident in all her many roles as assistant innkeeper. While extraordinary quiet, she did not miss a beat. She is now (April 2023) on her way to live overseas and will sorely be missed!
While relaxing under the beautiful tongue-in-grove mahogany veranda and admiring the hand-cut tapered cedar balusters and rails surrounding the porch, you will have a sense of admiration for the extraordinary handcrafted skill in woodworking rarely found today. You can often see Norman working on a project that helps keep the Ellwanger in pristine condition. His love for his trade is easily recognized in the detail of his work. The Ellwanger is fortunate to have someone as dedicated to the restoration of this great house as Norman.
As a nationally certified and New York State licensed massage therapist, Brenda is on call to relax your weary body from a long day of travel with her sensitive and healing touch. For more information and to make a reservation please ask Rosemary the InnKeeper to reserve the dedicated massage room and treat yourself to a relaxing massage.
Beverly and a team of Landmark Society volunteers, attend to the famous Ellwanger Garden, working tirelessly to keep the garden as envisioned by the original designers. Her skill and knowledge of local flora and fauna and the history of the gardens makes the Ellwanger Garden magical. A perfect backdrop for photos or just a relaxing stroll through the 100 year old pear orchard is all made possible by these wonderful volunteers of the Landmark Society. As of June 30, 2021, Beverly retired after 30 years of service and great dedication to her profession. And that dedication will continue through consultation and volunteerism in the Ellwanger Garden. She has made an indelible mark in my life and all who have had the pleasure to meet her. Look for her, she will be right around the garden path.
A photographer/videographer for over 30 years specializing in wedding, portrait and event photography, Keith will record those precious moments of your stay at the Ellwanger. Familiar with the Inn, Keith will find the perfect backdrops for your priceless memories.