Victorian charm in Alexandria Bay: A quaint bed and breakfast with the classic touches of home

Peggy DeYoung

The Captain Visger House opened in June of 2007, providing Alexandria Bay with an upscale, intimate lodging and dining alternative. Today, the inn has three guest suites on the second floor as well as a gathering room. There is also a first floor suite that is handicapped accessible with common areas that include a parlor and dining room with breakfast nook.

The home was built in grand Victorian style with 10-foot high ceilings, a circular staircase and elaborate moldings and woodwork. This renovation project was a labor of love conceptualized by Cathryn “Sam” Munna and executed by her husband and accomplice Tim Purcell, a master craftsman

The search for a home suitable for her vision was no easy task. However, a tired purple and black Victorian on the hill called out to Sam. The home had been built by Capt. Harmonious Visger, who started the first boat line to offer river tours in the late 1800s. Sam knew she wanted to renovate the home to its former grandeur. The two-year renovation involved demolition of a rear addition to open up the backyard for her gardens. Bathrooms were added for each of the guest rooms, now named for Visger family members. A highlight of the renovation is the commercial kitchen in which Sam expresses her passion: slow cooking. Guests are treated to creative feasts always made of locally grown, organic food.


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PEGGY DeYOUNG is a certified interior designer. She owns the Porch and Paddle Cottage Shop in Clayton. Contact her at