The Livingston Inn | Madison, Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast

Learn About the Livingston Inn’s History and Ownership



Built in 1854, The Livingston Inn is an important landmark in the history of Madison. On the National Register of Historic Places as the William T. Leitch House, the home is constructed of local buff-colored sandstone which was quarried in nearby Westport, barged across Lake Mendota, and cut on the building site. In addition to being a prominent landmark in the City of Madison, The Livingston Inn is an important piece of local history. Two of Madison’s first mayors (William T. Leitch, 1862-65 and Moses R. Doyon, 1888-90) lived in the house between the years 1857-1881 and 1881-1902, respectively. In addition, a prominent member of the Progressive movement and a close friend of “Fighting Bob” LaFollette lived in the home in the early twentieth century.

About Us

Owners Peggy and Dave Furlan will warmly welcome you to their family and home. Peggy and Dave have extensive experience in professional hospitality, having worked in the hotel and travel industries in the upscale tourist town of Breckenridge, Colorado, where they met, married, and opened a restaurant which was awarded Best of Summit County. Peggy has extensive knowledge of wine and food, including locally produced organics, and Dave began working in his family’s restaurants in Denver at the age of eleven. Residents of Madison for over a decade, Peggy and Dave are familiar with the people and places of this wonderful, accessible city and will happily offer suggestions for dining, entertainment, or leisure activities.

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Our Commitment to the Environment

We employ environmentally friendly cleaning practices and use all-natural, concentrated cleaning products for the kitchen and household.  Laundry detergents are all-natural, perfume free, and dye free.  Shampoo, conditioner, and soaps provided to our guests are made from natural and biodegradable ingredients with no animal products and are cruelty-free.  The Livingston Inn recycles, and we compost both yard waste and kitchen scraps.  All dairy products and eggs are organic, and we purchase vegetables and breakfast meats from local farmers and producers who share in our commitment to the environment in the products they provide to us.

Photo by Paulius Musteikis Photography

Photo by Paulius Musteikis Photography