Residency

Civil War Trail marker dedication in Huntingdon, TN.

Civil War Trail marker dedication in Huntingdon, TN.

Middle Tennessee State University requires that doctoral candidates in Public History complete a yearlong professional residency to augment the classroom experience. I was fortunate to do mine at the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development under the auspices of Lee Curtis, Legislative Liaison and Director of Project Development (see Project tab). During my tenure, I wrote the Preliminary Heritage Development Plan for National Register-Listed Hotels and Inns in Tennessee. The fieldwork for the study was the basis of my blog, Reflections on Historic Hotels in Tennessee. In addition, I attended several Civil War Trail marker ceremonies, sat in on the monthly meeting for the Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission, and traveled across the state with Lee Curtis on a variety of heritage development projects.

The bulk of the study was made up individually listed National Register properties in Tennessee whose historical primary function was a hotel or inn. If a hostelry was listed as part of a historic district (and not also individually listed), it was not included in the study with the exception of the Brumley Hotel (known today as the General Morgan Inn) in Greeneville as it is one of five historic properties in the state included in the Historic Hotels of America, “the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels.”[1] Also included in the study were Terminal Station (known today as the Chattanooga Choo-Choo) in Chattanooga and Union Station (known today as Union Station Hotel) in Nashville that are listed on the National Register and were converted into hotels. They are both included in Historic Hotels of America and are major historic hotels within Tennessee. Lastly, the Carmichael Inn in Loudon was included in the study even though it was removed from the National Register in the mid-1980s after it moved to a new location. The Carmichael sheds light on the importance of stagecoaches in early Tennessee history.

After establishing the universe of National Register-listed hotels and inns, field visits were conducted at each of the sites. Where possible, tours were taken of the interior of the buildings focusing on public spaces.

[1] “About Historic Hotels of America,” Historic Hotels of America, accessed March 22, 2015, http://www.historichotels.org/about-historic-hotels.

 

 

Carmichael Inn in Loudon (East TN)

Carmichael Inn in Loudon (East TN). Current function is an event space.

Chattanooga Choo Choo in Chattanooga (East TN)

Chattanooga Choo Choo in Chattanooga (East TN). Current function is a hotel and retail space.

Read House in Chattanooga (East TN)

Read House in Chattanooga (East TN). Current function is a hotel and retail space.

Alexander Inn in Oak Ridge, TN (East TN)

Alexander Inn in Oak Ridge, TN (East TN). Current function is an elder care facility.

Netherland Inn in Kingsport (East TN)

Netherland Inn in Kingsport (East TN). Current function is a museum.

Rhea-Mims Hotel in Newport (East TN)

Rhea-Mims Hotel in Newport (East TN). Current function is low income housing.

General Morgan Inn in Greeneville (East)

General Morgan Inn in Greeneville (East TN). Current function is a hotel and retail space.

Old Deery Inn in Blountville (East TN)

Old Deery Inn in Blountville (East TN). Current function is a museum.

Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville (East TN). Current function is office space.

Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville (East TN). Current function is office space.

Lamar House Hotel - Bijou Theater in Knoxville. Current function is restaurant and theater.

Lamar House Hotel – Bijou Theater in Knoxville (East TN). Current function is a restaurant and theater.

Hermitage Hotel in Nashville (Middle TN). Current function is a hotel.

Hermitage Hotel in Nashville (Middle TN). Current function is a hotel.

Union Station in Nashville (Middle TN)

Union Station in Nashville (Middle TN). Current function is a hotel and office space.

Utopia Hotel in Nashville (Middle TN)

Utopia Hotel in Nashville (Middle TN). Was retail and office space. Currently it is vacant.

Noel Hotel in Nashville (Middle TN). Was office space. Currently under renovation.

Noel Hotel in Nashville (Middle TN). Was office space. Currently under renovation.

James Robertson Hotel in Nashville (Middle TN). Has operated as low income housing. Renovations to start Spring 2015.

James Robertson Hotel in Nashville (Middle TN). Has operated as low income housing. Renovations to start Spring 2015.

Armours Hotel in Red Boiling Springs (Middle TN)

Armours Hotel in Red Boiling Springs (Middle TN). Current function is a hotel.

Donoho Hotel in Red Boiling Springs (Middle TN)

Donoho Hotel in Red Boiling Springs (Middle TN). Current function is a hotel.

Thomas House in Red Boiling Springs (Middle TN). Current function is a hotel.

Thomas House in Red Boiling Springs (Middle TN). Current function is a hotel.

Halbrook Hotel in Dickson (Middle TN)

Halbrook Hotel in Dickson (Middle TN). Current function is a museum.

Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House in Lynchburg (Middle TN)

Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House in Lynchburg (Middle TN). Current function is a restaurant.

Kingston Springs Hotel in Kingston Springs (Middle TN)

Kingston Springs Hotel in Kingston Springs (Middle TN). Currently it is vacant.

Hale House - Patterson Hotel in Watertown (Middle TN). Was a B&B until summer 2014. Currently it is a private residence.

Hale House – Patterson Hotel in Watertown (Middle TN). Was a B&B until summer 2014. Currently it is a private residence.

Neely House in Jackson (West TN)

Neely House in Jackson (West TN). Current function is a restaurant and office space.

New Southern Hotel in Jackson (West TN). Current function is low income elder care and an event space.

New Southern Hotel in Jackson (West TN). Current function is low income elder care, retail, and an event space.

John P. Raines Hotel in Parsons (West TN). Was retail and office space. Currently it is vacant.

John P. Raines Hotel in Parsons (West TN). Was retail and office space. Currently it is vacant.

"Colored Hotel" in Union City (West TN)

“Colored Hotel” in Union City (West TN). Currently it is vacant.

Hotel Claridge in Memphis (West TN)

Hotel Claridge in Memphis (West TN). Current function is apartments, retail and office space.

The Peabody in Memphis (West TN)

The Peabody in Memphis (West TN). Current function is a hotel and retail space.

Walking Horse Hotel in Wartrace (Middle TN). Currently functions as a hotel and music venue.

Walking Horse Hotel in Wartrace (Middle TN). Currently functions as a hotel and music venue.

Hotel Lindo in Covington (West TN)

Hotel Lindo in Covington (West TN). Current function is office space.

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  1. […] thirty of the thirty-one properties (to see an assemblage of the hostelries, please read the post “Reflections on Historic Hotels in Tennessee” on my personal […]

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