Located 40 miles west of Nashville, the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum in Dickson is well worth a visit. It is both a state historic site as well as the only operational museum housed in a National Register-listed hotel in Tennessee. The interpretative panels place the Halbrook Hotel within the context of the families who owned it, the town in which it was located, and the important role railroads played in the commercial development of the South. The hotel’s clientele was composed of “drummers” (aka salesmen) and railroad workers.
As heritage assets, it is interesting to consider the Halbrook Hotel in juxtaposition with the Chattanooga Choo Choo and Union Station Hotel in Nashville, two former railroad terminals converted into hotel properties. They are all rehab projects yet tell very different stories pertaining to Tennessee’s history.