Edwin G. Woolley, who built the larger house in 1873, hid polygamists in the attic via a secret door, after polygamy was outlawed, by the U.S. government in 1882. One of these polygamists was Benjamin F. Johnson, an ancestor of the innkeepers, who really did have seven wives, hence the name Seven Wives Inn.
The house next door, built by George Whitehead in 1883, is called the President's House because it hosted some of the early presidents of the LDS (Mormon) Church. Who could blame them for staying there? Esther, George's wife, was said to be the best cook in town!
Both homes were built out of Adobe in the late 1800's. The Woolley-Foster home was built in 1873 and is both a historical & federal landmark. The Whitehead home also holds a historical plaque.
The Seven Wives Inn Bed and Breakfast located in downtown Saint George, Utah is a historic treasure in the painted southwest desert. Two grand Victorian homes on a well-groomed, green acre offer a selection of thirteen casually elegant rooms from standards to suites all with their own private bath. Included with every stay is a superb breakfast served up fresh every morning, always gourmet and always delicious.