The Cotton Gin Inn Bed & Breakfast resides in the former home of William O. Speight and his wife Minnie Perry Speight. The Spaight family has a long history in the area dating back to 1600s. William, who changed the spelling of the family name by replacing the a with an e, had been a farmer until marrying the 14-year-old heiress. The two, along with their nine children, enjoyed a happy life in this beautiful home that William built using bricks from Edenton Brickworks, the company he founded. Cotton was also ginned in the nearby building with a unique brick arches that still sits on the property along with a cotton mill cottage.

Cheryl Orr, the current owner has lovingly restored the home and its grounds to their former glory.


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Cheryl Orr is the owner of The Cotton Gin Inn. She has a background in managing groups, cooking classes, catering and event planning, as well as certification in inn management .

She also has coursework and experience in interior design, architectural design, writing, editing and public relations, and is an experienced gardener.


Cheryl resides on the property, oversees all operations and is the chef. She serves as a private chef, conducts cooking classes and offers themed Supper Club dinners, along with complimentary full gourmet breakfast and afternoon nibbles spotlighting local organic cuisine. Cheryl, her husband Randy, and Miss Olive the basset hound look forward to meeting you and making your visit exceptional and memorable.