Ruth and Paul Olafson have lived in Thornhill (near Morden, MB) for 18 years. They have three children: a daughter, living in Calgary with her husband and child; a son, who lives in Taiwan with his wife and two children; and a daughter who lives in England with her husband and dog. We have often dreamed of having a Bed and Breakfast and living near the beautiful cultural city of Morden, MB offers a wonderful location to fullfil that dream.
Olaf the Village Viking is a tribute to Paul’s Icelandic roots. Ruth’s English background can be seen in the decoration of the Royal and Heritage rooms.
The original house was built in 1891 and has a rich history. In 1971, As the Years Go By, a book about Thornhill’s history, included a paragraph about the house:
The next house, which recently was occupied by Mrs. George Doney, has been home to many families through the years. It was the Presbyterian Manse and the Rev. F. L McLennan lived there, also Rev. Bowman and Rev. Gourlay in the years from 1891 to 1898. Mr. and Mrs. John McIntosh and family lived in this house, also Frank Gould. Mr. Gould worked for Mr Broadbent and they had family of three boys and one girl. Lilian, who was so small when she started to school, she could hardly lift her little legs high enough to climb the big cement steps. Today this house is occupied by Mrs. Meueller and tow grown sons.
Ruth loves art as shown in the many sculptures throughout the home.