A successful business is nothing without a good support system. This is definitely true for us at the Babcock House as our team members are often the first to build a relationship with most of our guests. We want it to be a positive one! Building a good team can be a challenge, but when everyone is working together toward similar goals, we find that each person can thrive and enjoy a dynamic and supportive environment. We are proud of everything they have helped us achieve in our time in Appomattox and thought you might like to get to know them a little bit better.
Deirdre – Restaurant Manager
Often the first to be seen at the front door, Deirdre has been our front of house manager since spring of 2017. She is also our point of contact for any special events organized here at the inn or off-site. She has done a great job of stepping into this role and becoming an effective ambassador for Chef Charles and his vision for upscale southern cuisine in small-town Appomattox.
I was born in Farmingdale, NJ and have lived in Appomattox for 13 years. My favorite thing on the Spring menu is the Bourbon Glazed Salmon. In my spare time, I like to work on restoring my 1700’s-era farmhouse.
Luke – Host/Server
Luke was a long-time acquaintance through our friends at Wolfbane Productions before he joined our team last year. When he’s at your table and you’re trying to figure out why he looks so familiar, it’s because you may have seen him on stage! When he’s not on the floor, he can be caught bursting into song randomly or planning his upcoming wedding to the lovely and talented Rebecca.
Melody – Hostess/Server
Melody grew up in Appomattox and if she doesn’t know you, it seems likely you’ll know her if you’re a local. Her bright smile and quiet charm bring a sweet calm to what can be a very hectic work environment!
Jessi – Server
She loves our Blackened Catfish Ponchartrain and thinks you should try it. (Just don’t ask her to say it three times fast!)
Jessi is another hometown girl well-known by many of our guests. She has learned so much in the short time she has been here (like…she likes black eyed peas!) and we are so proud of the work she does. When she’s not working, she stays busy with her family.
Where the Magic Happens..
Dave – Line Cook
One of our most popular lunch items is our Grilled Cheese with house-cured bacon and tomato jam…and this is Dave’s favorite.
Dave’s positive attitude has been invaluable to us. I’ll never forget the day we were short SIX people and he kept his chin up and kept telling everyone it would be fine…and it was! Dave cooks for you during lunch through the week and Sunday brunch. Toss him a smile through the kitchen window next time you’re here…he certainly gives out more than his share.
Hank – Line Cook
Hank enjoys cooking and eating our Chef’s Cut. While the plate changes every evening or so, it usually consists of a large cut of red meat…something most men can appreciate.
Hank has quickly become a huge asset in the kitchen. He cooks suppers and Sunday brunch and has fallen into our rhythm so well. Having reliable help in the kitchen is something not to be taken for granted. His skills and efficiency allow Chef Charles to keep his eye on the bigger picture and focus on the restaurant as a whole.
Sean, Makayla & Rochelle – Dishwashers
Sean works mostly during lunch and loves the Chicken Biscuit. He’s our quiet “big guy”, but I assume loves strolls….somewhere. Makayla & Rochelle are the babies of our team, two young ladies that work together well in the evenings. They like to munch on our hand cut french fries.
Updating this page makes me realize how much our team has grown in the past few months! A year ago, there were some nights and many lunches when we made due without a dishwasher. Now, sometimes we need more than one! Thank you to everyone who gets their hands messy (and break their pretty polished nails) to help us keep our kitchen clean. Without them, we couldn’t continue to put out quality food for you to enjoy.
The House and Grounds…
Harry – Groundskeeper
I was born in Caroline County, VA. I have lived in Appomattox for 18 years. My favorite thing on the menu is the Crabcake lunch. In my free time, I sing with my church group, watch sports on TV and travel. My favorite thing to do in Appomattox is volunteering at the Carver Price Cultural Center and attending Railroad Festival each fall.
Harry has been with us as groundskeeper since we purchased the Babcock House in November 2015. He keeps threatening to retire, but it hasn’t happened yet! He does a fantastic job keeping the property looking great, even when we get crazy ideas like tilling up half the yard to plant a vegetable garden. Sometimes I see him walk by it and just stare for a few moments before he goes about his tasks for the day and I just know he’s thinking “What are these crazy kids gonna think of next?”
Vernon – Groundskeeper
Harry’s brother has come on as part time help this summer and has done a wonderful job of helping us get our big garden ready for planting and keeping it weeded. If you see him around, thank him for the freshly harvested produce on your plate!
Essy – Housekeeper
A new addition to our team, Essy hit the ground running with a smile. She works hard to make sure all guest rooms and common areas are sparkling and ready for you to enjoy.