Named for the historic steamboat Julia Dean that called on Pocahontas in the steamboat era, this 860 square foot (80 square meter) apartment, with its original, ornate pressed metal ceilings 14 feet (4.3 meter) overhead, is all on one level and handicapped accessible. There’s free parking right on the street steps from the door, or you can park in the large free city parking lot just a few steps down the street at the intersection of Marr Street and Pyburn Street.
Located in the fully restored 1902 Lesmeister Building store front, entry to the apartment is right off the Marr Street sidewalk. Designed with an “open” floor plan, the large glass western wall gives a full view of Marr Street, with shades that can be pulled to assure complete privacy when you want it. Directions to find the apartment are here.
The living/dining area includes:
- For ambiance, we furnish a wood-burning stove in the living area. We’ll provide some wood. You provide the romantic spark!
- Free Wi-Fi, telephone, and a large flat screen cable television with DVD/Blu-ray player. This TV can also stream video services such as Netflix through the DVD player.
- A comfortable reclining chair.
- If you have more people in your group than will fit in the bedroom’s king size bed, the living area sofa-bed converts easily from a couch to a queen size bed for two more people.
- A dining area with table for four people.
- A desk large enough to get some work done, if you must.
- Thermostat control for the apartment’s central heating and air conditioning system.
- Utensils, wine glasses, silverware, plates, pots, pans. We even stock a few cookbooks in case you want to experience the joy of cooking in your free time.
- Gas cook top and oven.
- Refrigerator with ice maker.
- Small appliances including toaster, blender, a Keurig single-cup coffeemaker and a 10-cup drip coffeemaker.
Guests are welcome to use the clothes washer and dryer, iron and ironing board in the apartment’s utility room.
The bedroom features:
- A king sized bed with high threadcount sheets, both firm and soft pillows, and comforter.
- A king sized bed is 76 inches wide × 80 inches long (1.93 meters wide x 2.03 meters long)
- Luxury bathrobes for your use, and slippers.
- Flat screen cable television.
- Since some people enjoy going to the sleep while listening to soothing sounds, the bedroom includes a “white noise machine” you can use if you wish, to produce the sound of rain or a waterfall or forest sounds. And, while Pocahontas is definitely a “sleepy little town”, if you want to sleep late some mornings, the white noise machine can easily cover up any undesired neighborhood sounds.
In the bathroom you’ll find:
- A skylight to let in natural light.
- Ultra-clean Sanijet spa tub and shower, with fragrant bath gels for your bathing pleasure.
- Heated floor
- Lighted magnifying makeup mirror
- Hair dryer
- Towel warmer
- Toilet with heated seat/Bidet with warmed water.
- Enjoy oversized Turkish cotton towels and indulge in our body lotion menu, with three different European body lotions to sample.
All guests of The Lesmeister are welcome to use the charcoal grill in the rear of the building, on a first come, first served basis.
See Our Other Suites and Apartments
The Laurel Apartment The Henry M. Stanley Suite The Lewis de Mun Suite The Jeff Thompson Suite
Compare the amenities of the Lesmeister suites and apartments
RATES: Our rates vary based on the day of the week, and on availability. Enter your dates into the Availability Search to see the exact rates for your dates. An additional $12 per person, per night, is charged for a third and fourth person in an apartment (using a queen size sofa bed in the living area). Children count as people.
We offer a 20% discount for any stay of 7 consecutive nights or more, and a 40% discount for a stay of 31 consecutive nights or more.
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Though she only ran the rivers for five years, the Julia Dean was a very well known steamboat, not only running on the Black River to Pocahontas, but also working on the Mississippi River. Launched in 1851, the Julia Dean sank in Black River a few miles downstream from Pocahontas, April 30, 1853, but was raised and put back in service later that year.
The sand bar where the Julia Dean sank and lost her cargo was named the Julia Dean Bar and it was there that the Dekaleb Pearl was later found. An exceptionally large freshwater pearl, the discovery of the Dekaleb Pearl, and the huge amount of money that was paid for it, sparked a “Great Pearl Rush” on the Black River, a miniature version of the gold rushes that took place elsewhere in the world. The Randolph County Heritage Museum has a few small pearls taken from Black River mussel shells, as well as a wonderful display of the Black River “mother of pearl” button business that once thrived here.