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Ted and Alease Kelly fulfilled a longtime dream when they became the owners of the Inn at Folkston in 2013. It is their mission to provide a warm, welcoming environment for all visitors. A large part of the excitement of owning the Inn has been meeting a diversity of guests from all around the world.
Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Ted and Alease moved to Gainesville, GA in 1992. They loved living in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains but decided to move back to Jacksonville in 2003. Ted retired from CSX Transportation after 28 years of working for the railroad in order to work fulltime at the Inn, and also continues as an Associate Pastor in Jacksonville, FL. Alease has worked in the corporate headquarters of companies such as Coca Cola Enterprises, WinnDixie, and BiLo Holdings.
Ted and Alease have three daughters. Their oldest, Nicky, lives in Jacksonville with her husband and two sons. Their middle child, Marian, lives in Cincinnati with her daughter. Their youngest daughter, Mariah, attends high school in Folkston and works as a Junior Innkeeper at the Inn.