ST. HELENA, Calif. — In a fresh attempt to educate the public about the female co-founder of Seventh-day Adventism, the church has decided to rent out the best known of Ellen White’s former residences on the popular vacation rental site Airbnb. Registered users of the site will be able to rent out rooms in White’s house in six-day increments but will be required to vacate the premises from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.
While some Advetist history buffs are horrified at the rental plans for the home located near Pacific Union College, many have praised the White Estate’s willingness to experiment with immersing members of the public in Adventist history.
“Obviously we are going to be pretty careful about safeguarding a house that was originally built in 1885 and is listed as a National Historic Landmark,” said White Estate spokesperson Avon Dale. “We’ll carefully screen rental applicants and there’ll be some house rules. For starters, nobody gets to sit in Mrs. White’s rocker in the living room.”
Dale said that the cost of renting a room in the residence will be an affordable $18.44. “Trust me, there is value for money here of historic proportions. You won’t be disappointed.”
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