Sarah M Kirby House (Current use Bed and Breakfast)


Description of Historic Site:  The Kirby house also known as the Old Grand Dame was purchased by Sarah M. Kirby in 1890.  She purchased the property in her own name in a time where she couldn’t even vote yet.  The Kirby house received a new lease on life when Sarah’s daughter Lois Faith Kirby Nevins, who was a nurse, turned the home into a community hospital for the Douglas-Saugatuck area from 1931-1957.  Many of the local residence of the area were born in one of the rooms at the Kirby.  Until 1983 the house had many different uses from a real estate office to an antique store.  That same year the Konitos bought the house and turned into a bed and breakfast and in 1998 Ray Riker and Jim Gowran purchased the house and ran it as a bed an breakfast.  In 2013 Jay Paul Deratany used the home as a base camp for the film “Saugatuck Cures”.  Deratany fell in love with the home and purchased it.  In March 2014 renovations began to turn the home into a modern feel while keeping architectural integrity.  The home still operates as a bed and breakfast with an added restaurant and wine bar.

Address:  294 Center St. Douglas, MI

Website: www.

Phone:  269.857.5472