This Craftsman-style home was built in 1911 for Eva & Wilber George, as an escape from the Summer heat of the Salinas Valley. In 1937, having had enough of the sounds and smells of the Cannery Row development, the widow George gave the property to the Victory Mission Sisters who held Catechism classes for the Catholic youngsters in New Monterey.
In 1972 the convent was sold to a private party who then leased it to several different religious groups for use as a popular retreat over the next nine years. In 1981 Barbara and Jim Allen purchased the home and converted it into a bed and breakfast, one of the first on the Monterey Peninsula. Jim Allen, a former captain in the Los Angeles Fire Department and volunteer with the Los Angeles School District, enjoyed the Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky and the nonsense it represented. He and Barbara brought the nonsense to life at Jabberwock Inn and “Alice’s story” has been intertwined ever since.
The inn changed hands in 1996, when it was purchased by Joan and John Kiliany. They owned and operated the inn until they sold it to John Hickey and Dawn Perez in August 2007. After seven years as Innkeepers at the Jabberwock Inn, Dawn and John sold the inn to Rick and Suzanne Weichert in 2014.
The Jabberwock hospitality tradition lives on as we work constantly to maintain the unique identity of the home while maintaining its nostalgic heritage.
Photo of Rick and Suzanne taking the helm, June 2014.