Russell-Cooper House

115 E Gambier Street , Mount Vernon, OH 43050 USA (Show map)


Nestled in the heart of Mount Vernon, Ohio, America's Hometown, this remarkable High Victorian mansion, Circa 1830. It is home to the fifth generation family and a National Award Winning Bed and Breakfast. The house is the former home of two prominent Ohio families. Dr. John Russell, physician and surgeon, was the first American to employ a female physician, Dr. Jane Payne, in 1852. His son-in-law, colonel William Cooper, a colonel in the Civil War with the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, had a distinguished career as an attorney, U.S. Congressman and Ohio Adjutant General. The Russell-Cooper House has undergone a faithful and loving restoration to its Victorian era of elegance. In addition to its unique furnishings and decorations, visitors will find a fascinating array of historical Russell-Cooper memorabilia, Civil War items, antique medical devices, rare books and more.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.2
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.0

A Very Nice Stay

3.8 on September 22, 2017

We chose to stay at Russell-Cooper house since it was close to the trailhead for the Kokosing Gap bike trail. Tom was a very warm and friendly host who was quite willing to share the history of the families that have lived at Russell-Cooper house (his wife was a 5th generation family member). The house is worth the "tour" and is an example of architecture and craftmanship from a bygone era. We would strongly encourage anyone consider this BnB to stay here - you won't be dissapointed and again, Tom is a great guy. I would recommend the "Garden Room" if you have a choice.


4.0 on April 03, 2017

I stayed at this bed and breakfast in the fall when all the trees were in their splendor, including the bright yellow maple in front of the Russel-Cooper House. It was not stuffy and formal, as I had expected it might be. Instead, it was more like spending vacation back in time with a lovely relative.There is a very real feeling of being welcome and at home. The breakfast, prepared by the Innkeeper when I was there, was simple, delicious and different each of the 5 days I was there. There is a chef and a dining room as well. I understand from others I have spoken to that live in Mt Vernon, that the dinners are wonderful. If you have the opportunity to see the dining room..don't forget to look UP. There is intricate hand painted artwork on the ceiling!

A lovely stay

4.4 on October 01, 2015

The Russell-Cooper House is at the same time elegant, kitschy and cozy. I was warmly welcomed and had a good night's sleep. Breakfast was delicious, and I enjoyed talking with the other guests. My only recommendation for the future would be that when guests come down for breakfast they be told what is being served and asked if they would like it. My faux-pas was in forgetting to tell them that I am vegetarian and to not prepare any meat for me. It would have helped if they had told me what they were making in advance.

Highly Recommended: Fantastic location, Wonderful property, Welcoming & Accommodating owner

5 on February 14, 2011

Working at nearby Kenyon College, I was looking for a local property that I could stay during selected days throughout the Winter 2011. The Russell-Cooper House was a perfect choice. Location: The location is a few miles away from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH and centrally located on a residential street near quaint downtown Mt. Vernon, OH. Easily walkable to local attractions, restaurants, etc in the main town square. Property: The property is wonderful. Each room (6 in total) is individually decorated and located on either the 2nd or 3rd floor. All of the rooms include a large amount of space, a private bathroom and often a desk, sitting area or additional twin bed. An additional plus is the free wi-fi that is also available to guests. Perfect for not only business travelers, but also couples and those traveling with families. Property Owner: Having experience staying in numerous B&Bs throughout the U.S. and Canada, the property owner, Tom, is indeed one of the best . Tom is very proud of the property's heritage and very knowledge regarding local facts, places to visit and see while in Knox County. In addition, he has been more than accommodating in terms of scheduling, rates, and my individual needs while visiting the area. The Russell-Cooper House a wonderful choice for both business and leisure travelers. Highly recommended.

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Rooms & Rates

The Rose Room

As the name denotes, there are several items featuring roses in this room. From lamps, bedding, pictures, right down to the paint on the textured walls, roses can be found abundantly in the decor. This room also features a Queen size bed for your sleeping comfort.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Colonel's Room

This is the Colonel's room, named after Col. Wm. C. Cooper. There are several of the colonel's personal effects that are kept in this room; including civil war documents. One of the highlights of this room is Colonel Cooper's hand carved double bed. There is also a single, four poster bed for an extra guest if so desired.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Deluxe Queen Room

These rooms have a queen size bed, Private Bath varied decor. Check in time is 3:00 pm and Check out time is 11:00 am.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

English Country

This Room has been remodeled to the new theme of English Country. The bed has been upgraded to a Queen size for your sleeping comfort. The room has the relaxing feel of an Old English Style room where you can get a good nights rest before the hunt. Relax and Enjoy the accommodations provided in this private room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Oriental Room

The oriental room now features a Queen size bed and a single four poster bed for an additional guest. This room is decorated with a variety of authentic Japanese and Thai momentos. Victorian era vacations often included a trip to the orient. You will find several authentic oriental items to give you the feeling of being an era vacationer to the Orient. This room also provides the best view of our beautiful garden area.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

The French Country Room

The French Country room is one of the most popular rooms. It is decorated in a blue and white French country theme. There is a four poster double bed and a single bed that occupy this room, accentuated by several pieces of pottery and pictures. Of special interest in this room is the original beam work of the house. These were put together using dowels instead of nails. If you look, you may find some of the bark still on them.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

The Garden Room

The garden room features queen size brass bed. The room is decorated with flowers, lace items and has several antique trunks. Relax in the peaceful feeling of being in a Garden of Eden

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Check Dates


Location Type

Brick street, historic homes, Downtown, Small town


Columbus, OH (CMH-Port Columbus Intl.) 50 miles

Directions to property:

36 East from I71 North out of Columbus to 229 East. One and half blocks East of Main Street on Rt 229 East. Or 13 South from I71 from Mansfield, Ohio to 229 East. Then one and half blocks east of Main Street on Rt 229.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Kenyon College, Kokosing Gap Trail, Mount Vernon Nazarene College, The Woodward Opera House, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, CD player, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library, Telephone, VCR, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No under 12 years
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservation are paid in advance.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations are accepted up until seven days prior to your scheduled arrival and will be refunded minus a $10. handling fee. On special weekends refunds will be issued only after the room is rebooked.



Tom Dvorak

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  • Time Served: 8:30 to 9:30
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining room, Dining Room