Ellis Sanders Bed & Breakfast

Nestled up a quiet lane and surrounded by acres of trees and lawns, this eminent, substantial three story home was constructed by Master builder William Mendenhall between 1843-1845. Nauvoo historians esteem it as one of the “three best preserved 1840’s Nauvoo homes” today and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places of the United States Department of Interior.

The Ellis Sanders House enjoys a tranquil and picturesque location, quietly situated near the Nauvoo State Park and surrounded by acres of trees, lawns, and seasonal gardens. The exterior walls are three bricks thick from material provided by master Nauvoo brick maker, Isaac Hill. The original limestone foundation is still partly visible.

Within view of the Mississippi River and Old Nauvoo, The Ellis Sanders House is located close to the Nauvoo Temple. Amenities include fine antiques, quality linens, queen size beds, loveseat, and Jacuzzi tub.

Several original Nauvoo Temple Stones are found in paths and steps. Brigham Young & Heber C. Kimball taught in the Parlor. In the Spring of 1844 Joseph Smith took refuge from his foes in the basement of the house. Original owner, Ellis M. Sanders was among Nauvoo’s most prosperous residents & “gave of his thousands to build up the
Kingdom” (Brigham Young at Ellis’s funeral c.1873) Following the Mormon Exodus, Milton Morrill and his wife Amanda Hibbard Morrill became residents Milton Morrill served several terms as Mayor of Nauvoo and was associated with Abraham Lincoln as moderator of two Lincoln/Douglas debates.

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Latitude: 40.541967 Longitude: -91.382066 Elevation: 613 ft
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Number of Persons Cottage or Cabin Will Accommodate


Structure Access

A historic house with steps. 

Kitchen Supplies Available (if any)

Range/oven, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Microwave, Separate Dining Room, Dishware, Utensils, Towels & Linens Provided. 

Nightly Rate or Fee (if any)


Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Vacation Nauvoo

Accessibility Notes

Not accessible. 

Seasons Open

Year Round

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