Built in 1856, the house is the childhood home of Madame Emma Nevada, an opera star who performed during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Just outside the business district, the home is surrounded by several other historic Victorians, in a quiet neighborhood. Having fallen into disrepair, the house was completely renovated between 1991 and 1994.
Emma was the daughter of Dr. William Wixom, who was a physician for the Alpha Diggins nearby. At the age of three she is reputed to have gotten up in front of the town on the Fourth of July, and sang the "Star Spangled Banner" for everyone. Eventually she went to Mills Seminary (now Mills College) in Oakland. After finishing there she went off to Europe, where she encountered the composer Giuseppe Verdi. In time she became an opera star, and sang at La Scala, sang with Enrico Caruso, and became Queen Victoria's favorite. For her stage name she was known as Madame Emma Nevada.
Bed and Breakfast Style
Operating since 1994, the Emma Nevada House features six rooms, all of which have private baths including two with whirlpool tubs. There are multiple parlor spaces, along with an old fashioned wraparound porch with rocking chairs, several deck and garden areas to relax and converse with other guests. The owners who live on site, are happy to share information about the history of the house and town, as well as the natural history of the area.
As a result of its recent renovation, there is central heating and air conditioning. Furnishings are a combination of antique and more contemporary pieces for comfort. Elegant and original breakfasts range from souffles to stuffed french toast in ramekin, and are always a surprise and a delight to new guests. Fresh home made treats are served every day.
Breakfast Style Served
Open all seasons
Range of Rates
$159.00 to $259.00