Excelsior House Hotel

Ruth Lester Memorial House

Ruth-Lester-House-ExteriorBuilt about 1860 as a private residence; after several changes in ownership, it was purchased in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity for a convent, hospital and school called St. Mary’s. In 1875, it became the property of the Hebrew Sinai Congregation who built the adjoining building, now called the Jefferson Playhouse, as their synagogue.

The Ruth Lester Memorial home is beautifully furnished with Victorian antiques. These buildings are shown for tours by the members of the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club. Special group tours are available. The Ruth Lester Memorial home may be rented for overnight guests, receptions, parties and weddings.