The Bates family established the town of Batesville, Arkansas in 1821, which was a small port on the White River.
The extended Bates's family split in the 1950s and the dissidents went west, settling in Southern California and opening a roadside motel.
After a series of illnesses, incidents, and mishaps in California, the children of Norman Bates returned to their roots in Batesville, Arkansas. They renovated the Bates Victorian house and reopened the gingerbread structure as a Bates Bed and Breakfast.
The welcome light is always on.