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Corey and Patricia Rickrode originally hail from Northern California where they lived on a horse ranch and raised bucking bulls for the rodeo circuit and the Professional Bull Riders. California native Corey spent his younger years playing high school football and trombone for the Blue Knights Jazz Band in South San Francisco. Patricia migrated to California from Minnesota, but spent her formative years running barefoot in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

During their college and early adult years, both Patricia and Corey, were extremely active in community theater productions, performing in amateur, semi-professional, and professional productions from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe. They met and fell in love while rehearsing for Oklahoma, where Corey played the lead role of Curly and Patricia played Aunt Eller. After they tied the knot, they started their own community theater company where they produced and directed many award winning productions.

For nearly 30 years Patricia worked in the legal profession as a legal assistant and paralegal. Over the years, Corey has owned several mortgage and real estate companies in Northern California. Both have worked sporadically in the hospitality industry and both share a love of meeting new people and learning new things. Their outgoing personalities and flair for theatrics make them ideal candidates for innkeepers. If you’re lucky during your visit, they may perform a rousing ditty on the piano, sing you a song, or shuffle off to Buffalo.

Corey and Patricia look forward to meeting you and sharing their innkeeping experiences as well as the history of Leona’s house. Call today for a reservation or to book your wedding, retirement party, holiday party, or other special event.

Baer House Inn
1117 Grove Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180