Tag Archives: North Georgia Boarding Houses & Hotels

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

Eagle Tavern, Circa 1801, Watkinsville

When the Eagle Tavern was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, it was thought that it was constructed sometime around 1820, but subsequent research has set the date around 1801, possibly earlier. The location of present-day Watkinsville was still a part of the Cherokee and Creek territories when the tavern was built and the seat of the original Clarke County before Athens existed. It’s one of just a few stagecoach, pre-railroad era public structures surviving in Georgia. In 1836 Richard C. Richardson bought the tavern and made numerous additions over the years. In 1934, the tavern was saved from destruction by Lanier Richardson Billups, who deeded it to the state of Georgia in 1956. Under the direction of architect G. Thomas Little, Richardson’s additions were removed, revealing the Plantation Plain original section we see today. It is now home to the Eagle Tavern Museum.

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Grand Hotel, 1890s, Hogansville

The hotel is still in use as a bed and breakfast.


Filed under --TROUP COUNTY GA--, Hogansville GA

Hall House Hotel, 1881, Dahlonega


On their website, the Hall House Hotel writes: The Hall House dates back to 1881 and is the second oldest building on Dahlonega’s historic square. Frank Hall originally built the Hall House as both his home and a boarding house. They go on to note that the structure has had numerous uses over the years including apartment house, campus housing and a single-family home. It’s presently home to a restaurant and two art galleries, as well as the hotel. It’s at the center of Dahlonega’s inviting downtown and the only hotel located on the square.

To me, this is one of the nicest examples of  Second Empire architecture in Georgia. The style is relatively uncommon in Georgia, though there are three well-loved Second Empire courthouses (Hancock, Newton, and Walton) and three with Second Empire clock towers (Fayette, Gwinnett, and Washington) in the state.

Dahlonega Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --LUMPKIN COUNTY GA--, Dahlonega GA

Clermont Hotel


Built around the turn of the last century, the old Clermont Hotel has been renovated and most recently served as an event space.

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Filed under --HALL COUNTY GA--, Clermont GA

Hill Hotel, 1873, Homer


Also known as the Candler-Hill House, this is best known today as the Hill Hotel, which was in operation until 1952. Originally built as a Plantation Plain with Greek Revival details, it was expanded by T. F. Hill for use as a boarding house and hotel.

Homer Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --BANKS COUNTY GA--, Homer GA

Tompkins Inn, Circa 1812, Putnam County

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George Bird purchased this land for $300 in 1810. In 1812, it was purchased by Giles Tompkins (1766-1841), an original settler of Putnam County, for $2000. Due to the increase in value of the land, it’s believed that Bird may have actually built the Inn, but since its history is irrevocably linked to the Tompkins family, it is known as the Tompkins Inn. After Giles died, his widow, Sarah, operated the Inn until the 1850s, when it passed to a granddaughter, also named Sarah. The inn passed to Sarah’s husband, Josias Boswell in 1856. Debt forced the sale of the Inn to A. R. Zachary in 1862. In 1874, Boswell’s second wife, Emmeline, purchased the Inn. Upon Emmeline Boswell’s death in 1910, it was willed to Mary Anderson. The Federal Land Bank of Columbia (South Carolina) assumed ownership in 1927 and it was purchased, along with many large tracts of land, in 1936. It was then rented as private residence until 1970. In that year, Mrs. T. H. Resseau traded a parcel of land for the Inn and 3 acres and deeded it to the Town & Country Garden Club in Eatonton. Jene Welch notes that it’s now owned by the Eatonton Putnam Historical Society.

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It is presently being stabilized. It’s located near Eatonton on US 441.

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