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All Saints Episcopal School, Vicksburg, Mississippi, Delta Academy, Southwestern at Memphis, The University of Texas at Austin, Fashion Institute of Technology, Barbizon Modeling and Acting School
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Putumayo/Madidi/Delta Bohemian
Hey, I'm Madge Marley!
Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States · Member since October 2012

I am the Publisher and Producer of the DELTA BOHEMIAN, an online magazine of sorts which is all about the Mississippi Delta. We have an online retail store, too. We opened the DELTA BOHEMIAN GUEST HOUSE in August 2012. It is a fabulous place to stay while you are in the Mississippi Delta. It is a home away from home environment. Safe. Quiet. Discrete. Unique. Fun. A self-accommodation for travelers looking for something different.

I was born in Clarksdale in 1958 but was raised in Tallahatchie County near a little town of 250+ people called Sumner. I went off to school at All Saints Episcopal High School in Vicksburg my junior year in high school. Upon graduation I went to Southwestern at Memphis, now called Rhodes College, and later transferred to the University of Texas in Austin where I graduated in 1980 with a BA in Theater.

During my college years I lived in Paris and in Bilbao, Spain during the summers. I enjoy traveling. I lived in Dallas, Memphis 3 different times, Austin, Red Rock, Texas, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA and New York City where I worked for Putumayo.

I moved back home to the Mississippi Delta to Sumner in 1994 to raise my daughter Corinne. I finally moved to the place where I was born, Clarksdale, in 2010 when my husband, Billy, and I bought the Salon de Boheme on West Second Street, a home I have adored and longed to go in my entire life. When it became available for sale, and Billy and I were newlyweds looking for a place of our own, I couldn't believe it. We feel so blessed to live in it.

In addition, we were wildly blessed when we found out that if we bought the house on West Second, we also got the bonus guest house in the back yard. Oh My! Are you kidding me? It needed a lot of work.

We partially renovated it in 2010. New roof. New siding. Insulation. Basic stuff. Then we rented it to two Teach 4 America girls for 2 years. Once their commitment here in Clarksdale ended, they each returned home to their families and Billy and I had a decision to make. Continue to rent it long term or bite the bullet and fully restore this special place.

Many thousands of dollars later, after 9 weeks, and with the help of our good friend, Interior Designer Marilyn Trainor Storey, we opened the Delta Bohemian Guest House. We adore this place and we think you will too.

Some day, Billy and I have said we might have to move into the back guest house and rent out our big house. It is difficult to describe just how good it feels to be in this guest house. It's something very special and we feel honored and blessed to be it's keepers and to offer it up to new and old friends.

Life is about relationships and we treasure every encounter we have in the home's regard. We look forward to meeting you, welcoming you and giving you a place to experience the Mississippi Delta like nowhere else you have ever stayed.

Goodness abounds!

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