Marcus Mote Room

Marcus Mote Room

Born in West Milton, Ohio, Marcus Mote was a self-taught Quaker artist at a time when Quakers thought of “art as a frivolity”. In 1837, after eloping with his wife to Lebanon, his mother told Mote’s new bride “to tolerate his artistic bent, as it unfortunately seemed to have been born into him”. For years he had a studio across the street from The Golden Lamb.

In 1843, he drew former President John Quincy Adams picture here. Adams, who also has a Golden Lamb room named after him, recorded that “a young Quaker limner [portrait painter] took an egregious character likeness of me in pencil, and told me that he took it for the bold and intrepid manner in which I defended and sustained the right of petition”. In January 2012, on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” an 1849 Mote portrait painted in Lebanon was appraised at $6,000 to $8,000.

The Marcus Mote Room is on our fourth floor and features a beautifully decorated matching antique wooden bedroom set.