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Historical inn offers unique experience for Seagraves visitors

SEAGRAVES, TX (KCBD) - Founded in Seagraves in the early 1900s, the Simpson Inn Alehouse is not only still standing, but it is still operating as originally intended.

Debra Ford manages the inn, but that is not all she does.

"I'm a bus driver for the school system and I'm an ambulance driver for the EMS," Ford said with a smile.

She said it is not unusual for Seagraves residents to wear many hats.

"We are all very close and it isn't blood that makes family, it makes love, love is what makes family," Ford said.

And so it is a family that works hard to keep this little inn and restaurant open, and it seems to be paying off.

"We have people that book a year in advance," Ford said.

Ford said they count on their customer service and word of mouth to keep people coming back.

"We want you happy because happy people will come back and happy people will talk and that's what we want. We want to be a business of service," Ford said.

"We had some from the Netherlands and they are really impressed with what they have here. They can't believe it's the best kept secret in West Texas," Ford said.

But those are not the only international guests they have had.

"We had a couple from Spain who found us who were traveling across the U.S. that said they would try to stop back by on their way back because they were so impressed," Ford said.

You do not have to be looking for a place to stay to enjoy the atmosphere and homemade dishes served here. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday to the public.

"The Monte Cristo has been very popular. The Ruben, which is from my family, is one of our dishes," Ford said.

And we cannot forget the chocolate dessert, but they also offer something else.

"We do cream soda from scratch and it on tap," Ford said.

Also on tap?

"We try to cater to the small brewers of Texas. Anybody can mass produce the big stuff, but the flavor when it's done in small quantities is where you are going to get your really good flavor," Ford said.

Along with their unique dining options, they have six uniquely themed rooms and a unique guest.

"The original Simpsons, they would be the grandparents of the little girl we are discussing. She did not get hurt here, but in her own home, she got her little dress close to the fire and it got caught on fire and she died, but this was her happy place and she loved to come here," Ford said.

And Ford believes she must continue to come here after some guests asked her about a little girl they have either seen or heard.

"So, when I first heard the story, I was like yeah right. I guess you could say I wasn't a believer, but there are things we can't explain. And she is happy, she is not a problem, she is a happy little girl," Ford said.

But Ford said they are not here to sell a ghost story, they are here to give people an escape.

"In life it's so hurried, it's so busy, you get stressed out. The heart attacks, the sicknesses that people deal with, a lot of it has to do with we don't relax, we don't enjoy life. And this is a place you can come and not only relax, but you can enjoy your stay," Ford said.

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