Tag Archives: North Georgia Boarding Houses & Hotels

Jackson-Johns House, 1902, Winder

This house was built as a private residence but soon became a “day hotel” for businessmen working downtown. It’s used as a real estate office today.

Athens-Candler-Church Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --BARROW COUNTY GA--, Winder GA

Barrows House Hotel, 1898, Washington

This unusual structure was built by Edward F. Barrows in 1898 and opened as the Barrows House Hotel in 1898. It may have been known as the Hotel Cofer in the 1920s. I’ve not been able to locate anything about its history otherwise.

Washington Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --WILKES COUNTY GA--, Washington GA

Hotel, Gibson

Though it’s now a private residence, this structure once served as a hotel/boarding house.

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Filed under --GLASCOCK COUNTY GA--, Gibson GA

Martin House, Circa 1876, Sautee-Nacoochee

This was built by the original owner of Nora Mill, John Martin, and was later owned by the Hardman and Ivie families. It once served as a boarding house/hotel and is now home to an antique mall.

Nacoochee Valley Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --WHITE COUNTY GA--, Helen GA, Sautee-Nacoochee GA

Ayers-Little Boarding House, Circa 1840 & 1885, Carnesville

The first part of this house was built circa 1840 as a residence and tavern and in 1860 was purchased by Jeremiah Ayers. He joined the original part of the house and  an adjacent post office with a breezeway. Ayers was a merchant and tanner and upon his death in 1885 his widow Louisa and their daughter Lizzie began taking in boarders to help support themselves. They lived in the basement and rented the upper rooms. Lizzie married Robert Little in 1901. They raised their children here and continued to take in boarders. Around 1930 they renovated and slightly expanded the boarding house and opened a coffee shop in the dining room. After Mr. Little’s death in 1943, Lizzie continued operating the business. In 1949, she became editor of the Carnesville Herald. She died in 1963.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --FRANKLIN COUNTY GA--, Carnesville GA

The Bowers House, 1921, Canon

In its secluded setting, the Bowers House is difficult to capture, but that’s the point. It’s been put into service as a literary retreat, an effort by its owner, Ellen Bowers Davenport, to keep the house in the family while providing writers a quiet creative space. It was built as the Canon Hotel during what could be called the town’s boom time, when the railroad kept the mills running and cotton was king. Traders and salesmen were regulars but the property failed in the Great Depression in a region already ravaged by the deleterious effects of the boll weevil. Ms. Davenport’s grandparents purchased and converted it into a private home thereafter.

Canon Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --FRANKLIN COUNTY GA--, Canon GA

Wright Hotel, 1909, Chatsworth

The Wright Hotel was one of the first in Chatsworth. It was owned by Thomas and Laura Wright, who also lived on the property. After Mrs. Wright’s death in 1948, the hotel was leased to Lester Quarles and later the Keeter family. Its name was changed to the Chatsworth Hotel during this time. One of the Wright’s daughters, Kate Raine, returned to Chatsworth in 1969 and continued in the business  begun by her parents many years earlier. The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society inherited the property upon Mrs. Raine’s death in 1986.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --MURRAY COUNTY GA--, Chatsworth GA