Can you imagine a Lawrence without the historic Eldridge Hotel? How about a Lawrence without the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade or Gingerbread Festival? Well, thanks to Lawrence power couple Rob and Beverly Phillips we don’t have to. We can also thank them for the lovely retreat and event venue that is Victorian Veranda Country Inn in rural Lawrence as well as their most recent endeavor… drive-up weddings! Now that’s what we call UNMISTAKABLE!
Here’s a timeline of the contributions that Rob and Beverly have made to our community.
Rob renovated the historic Eldridge Hotel Apartments back into an operating hotel after being closed as a hotel for 16 years. This introduced the trend of hotels returning to downtown Lawrence.
The Eldridge Hotel carries a fascinating history of resiliency. Read about it here>
Rob and Beverly founded the Eldridge Hotel Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. Now known as the Lawrence Old Fashioned Christmas Parade. It’s one of the most unique parades in the nation with all entries being authentic horse-drawn carriages. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season in Lawrence. Learn more about the parade>
Rob, Beverly, and daughter Ginger created the Eldridge Hotel Gingerbread Festival, a fundraiser for Douglas Country Big Brothers and Big Sisters. It later became the Big Brothers and Sisters Gingerbread Festival and still goes on today at Abe & Jake’s Landing. More about the festival>
Rob along with Paul Stewe and Katie Armitage created the first event of what became Civil War on the Western Frontier, each fall. This is the signature history event for Douglas County where several historical agencies provide programming, tours, and events for locals and visitors to experience and learn about the area’s significance leading up to and during the Civil War. This year’s program has not been developed yet, but you can see what information on last year’s event here>
Rob and Beverly built and started the operation of the Victorian Veranda Country Inn. A unique bed and breakfast with a wedding venue. They have developed a number of flower gardens and this year plan on planting an acre of marigold to create the largest marigold garden in Kansas. Check out the beautiful venue>