New England Inn: Pearl Davis Suite

king_suite_1_jr_smallAfter more than 60 years operating as an inn, Hampton Terrace’s guest rooms finally have names.   It is not that they needed names…King Suite 1 was pretty descriptive…but we decided that this was an opportunity to help tell the history of the property in a colorful way.   Our Main House Rooms have been named after pre-inn owners of the property.   Our Wynnstay Cottage Rooms are named after the famous race horses owned by the Bonner family, who lived here from 1917-1937 and gave us the name Hampton Terrace.  We have decided to name our king suites after strong women from our family.

The Pearl Davis Suite


Pearl Davis (Hill), Susan’s paternal great grandmother, whose portrait hangs in our living room, was born in 1881 in rural upper Mississippi. She was known as one of the most beautiful women in the state, but when she chose to marry Ed Hill, her parents said they would rather see her in a casket than marry that scoundrel. When Ed edhill001smcame to take Pearl away in a wagon, her father followed them with a shotgun to make sure that they indeed had a legal ceremony. Pearl and Ed had five children but she died in 1919 at age 38, five months after having Pearlie Lucille. During their marriage Ed was well-known for the quality of his moonshine and he was considered one of the two most notorious bootleggers in Texas, ultimately being turned in by his rival. It took six Texas Rangers to haul him in. We have a touching letter he wrote in 1920 from prison to his infant daughter, apologizing for having to leave her. In the letter, he describes Pearl as a “perfect lady.” Our granddaughter has been named Emily Pearl Vining.

Our King Suites represent the best of Hampton Terrace. Private, spacious and beautifully appointed, they feature your own personal entrance and sitting porch next to our outdoor, heated pool. Relax in your living room area (not a separate room) with an overstuffed couch (can be converted into a bed), romantic gas fireplace, large 2-person corner Jacuzzi (the largest we could find!) wet bar and refrigerator.

You will have a hard time leaving your huge four-poster king bed each morning. The suite also features a television with built-in DVD and a beautiful, gold hand-ragged luxurious private bath.