Benesh fills role as new Brackett House innkeeper

Brackett House has a new, lead innkeeper as the former innkeepers move into retirement.

Kim Benesh
Kim Benesh

Kim Benesh is enjoying welcoming guests to the Bed and Breakfast on the southeast side of campus. She says she loves the history of the inn and its architecture and has fond memories of the home.

When at Brackett, Benesh likes to point out the east windows and tell the story of how her grandfather and his brothers and sisters were raised in the house next door.

“My grandfather, Frank “Zeke” Benesh, used to slip out his second-floor window and shimmy down the front porch posts to sneak out in the middle of the night when he was a teenage boy,” Benesh said. “The thought of that always brings a smile to my face.”

Benesh grew up in Mount Vernon and is the fourth generation of her family to reside here. She has lived in a variety of places doing a variety of things, but when choosing where to raise her children, she says she wanted to be in Mount Vernon.

The innkeeper has a degree in elementary education from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where she attended on a full, athletic scholarship to play volleyball. She has also been a licensed cosmetologist for the last 27 years.

“My various careers have led to a common theme of taking care of people, which is a good fit for me as an innkeeper,” Benesh said.

She finds constant joy in her children and grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to give back to the community and is well known in the local theatre community. Benesh is serving on the board of Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre and is a founding member of the musical group Balderdash Ditty, which performs music for children in the area. She is also a host on a local talk show, “Good Morning Mt. Vernon & Lisbon,” a weekly broadcast that promotes Mount Vernon and Lisbon. Benesh belongs to an organization called The A-Go-Go’s, which raises money to fund local projects. She volunteers with Uptown Theatre Honors, which produces an annual award ceremony to celebrate people who support the arts in the Mount Vernon area.

Cornell College wants to thank Ed and Jan Sauter for their expertise getting the bed and breakfast up and running during and after the renovation of the building. Joe Jennison and Marsha Siggins McWhinney are backup innkeepers.

Brackett House was built in 1877 and has a been a part of Cornell College since 1952.  The house accommodations include four rooms that vary from double occupancy to a two-bedroom suite that sleeps six.  Just steps from campus and within easy walking distance of downtown Mount Vernon, Brackett House is nestled in a historic Mount Vernon neighborhood and open to the public for reservations.  Visit or call 319.895.4425 for more information.