Julia Dean Apartment


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.

The living/dining area includes:

  • 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 than two people in your group, we can add a quite comfortable inflatable mattress with sheets, blankets and pillows, to accommodate a 3rd or even 4th person, if you’d like. Be aware that the inflatable mattress is positioned on the floor, so it’s not suitable for someone who would have trouble getting out of the floor. There’s an extra charge, per day, to have more than 2 people in the suite.
  • A dining area with table for four people.
  • A desk large enough to get some work done, if you must.
  • A yoga mat, an exercise ball, and a foam roller cylinder.
  • For ambiance, there’s an electric stove nicely simulating a wood fire in the living area.
  • Thermostat control for the apartment’s central heating and air conditioning system.

If you’re so inclined, you can save money when traveling by preparing some of your own meals. The well-equipped kitchen includes:

  • 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.
  • Dishwasher.
  • 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)
    • We can add a quite comfortable inflatable mattress with sheets, blankets and pillows, to accommodate a 3rd or even 4th person, if you’d like. Since an added inflatable mattress is positioned on the floor, it’s not suitable for someone who would have trouble getting out of the floor. There’s an extra charge, per day, to have more than 2 people in the apartment.
  • Luxury bathrobes for your use, and slippers.
  • Flat screen cable television.
  • Since some people enjoy going to 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.

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RATES: Our rates vary based on the day of the week, and on availability. Enter your dates HERE to see the exact rates for your dates. We offer a 20% discount for any stay of 7 consecutive nights or more.

History of Steamboat Julia Dean

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.