Mildred’s Place boasts many period details both inside and outside. Wood floors, crown molding, exposed shiplap walls and wide door facings complement the many antique furniture pieces throughout the home.
The ground floor features a roomy bedroom with queen bed, television and ensuite jetted bathtub and shower. Across the main hall is the living room with television with a large DVD library. Free wifi is available as well as Roku access. To the right is a formal dining area with built-in corner china cabinets and large windows overlooking the backyard area. To the left resides a large, modern kitchen with a bar that seats four and all appliances, plus dishes, pots and pans, and other kitchen utensils. The kitchen adjoins a bright and cheery sunroom with a dining set plus other seating. Two walls of windows let in lots of sunshine, making this the perfect spot for family and friends to gather. A door from the kitchen leads to the backyard patio, which features tables and chairs, a grill and a large oak tree for shade. A low decorative fence separates the patio area from the rest of the backyard.
Upstairs, reached by a period staircase with carved banister and decorative newel posts, are two large, bright and airy bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and televisions in each. The bedroom at the front of the second floor was Mildred’s bedroom while she lived in the home. Comfortable beds and furnishings offer a good night’s sleep after a long day of exploring Mason.
Loula Mildred White came from a distinguished and successful Mason family. In 1891, J.W. married Cora Jane Bridges, a member of a Mason County pioneer family, and they were blessed with six children, including Mildred, who was born in 1900.
Her father, J.W. White, along with his uncle, Major George Littlefield, built a cattle breeding empire in the late 1880’s in Mason, Menard and Kimble counties, grazing as many as 6,000 steers across 120,000 acres. In 1904, J.W. helped found the Mason National Bank.
Mildred married Seth Baze in 1924, and they had one son, Billy, in 1926. Seth served in the Navy during World War I. Seth’s father was Mason County’s legendary medical pioneer, Dr. Perry Allen Baze, who established the first hospital in Mason.
Perched on a sloping sandstone ridge and shaded by venerable oak trees, Mildred’s Place was built in 1937 by Mildred and Seth Baze. Sporting pale gold brick, the home reflects the Federal architecture popular in Colonial America with its “three over three” façade. The three upper windows are balanced by the two lower windows and the front entrance with a pediment over the front door.
Mildred and Seth divorced shortly before 1940, something highly uncommon at that time! Mildred always joked with family and friends that she received the family home as part of her divorce settlement.
Mildred is well remembered as being a gracious hostess who put on frequent and fabulous parties, so it’s only fitting that this striking period home will once again be receiving guests and hosting family gatherings.
Mildred’s Place offers year-round, comfortable accommodations for families and other groups. This home can sleep up to eight adults.
Please contact us by phone or email to check dates and rates. Be sure to make your reservations well in advance so that your group can have their choice of dates. We look forward to you being our guests!