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Gainesville in Hall County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Historic Piedmont Hotel

 
 
The Historic Piedmont Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 22, 2005
1. The Historic Piedmont Hotel Marker
Inscription. The Piedmont Hotel was constructed here just prior to the opening of the nearby railroad in 1873. Primarily a summer resort, the three-story hotel was a rambling, U-shaped structure with 30 rooms. A large dinning room and kitchen adjoined the building. Confederate James Longstreet (1821-1904) owned and operated the hotel for almost 20 years following the Civil War. During that time, as Georgiaís most influential Republican Party leader, Longstreet hosted a number of notable 19th century Americans at the hotel, including Union General and New York Congressman Daniel Sickles, Confederate General Joseph Johnston, newspaperman Henry Grady and writer Joel Chandler Harris. The hotelís most famous guests were the young Woodrow and Ellen Axson Wilson. Their second daughter Jessie Woodrow was born here on August 28, 1887, in a still-existing room. The need to supply the hotelís demand for its famous fried chicken and other savory chicken dishes is recognized as the motivation for the genesis of the poultry industry in Northeast Georgia. The majority of the hotel building was demolished c. 1918, but in 1993, a run-down duplex apartment building was discovered to be the Piedmont Hotelís lower-level west-wing, which contained the room where Jessie Wilson was born.
 
Erected 1998 by The Longstreet Society/
The Historic Piedmont Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 28, 2009
2. The Historic Piedmont Hotel Marker
Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 069-7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 17.432′ N, 83° 49.318′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Georgia, in Hall County. Marker is on Maple Street 0 miles north of Martin Luther King Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gainesville GA 30501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bicentennial Park (approx. half a mile away); Jesse Jewell (approx. half a mile away); Henry O. Ward (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lyman Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lt.-Gen. James Longstreet (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 - 1902 (approx. 0.6 miles away); U.D.C. Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Private Mint Templeton Reid Mint (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gainesville.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Historic Piedmont Hotel. A very detailed story of the hotel, the discovery of the surviving wing, and its restoration. (Submitted on October 19, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. The Longstreet Society. The restoration
The Historic Piedmont Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Richard Pilcher, circa April 1, 2009
3. The Historic Piedmont Hotel
of the Piedmont Hotel was a joint project of the Longstreet Society and the Gainesville-Hall Trust for Historic Preservation. The Longstreet Society manages the Hotel as a museum, memorial to General Longstreet and a community use facility. It is open to the public on Saturdays and Wednesdays. (Submitted on October 20, 2009, by Richard Pilcher of Gainesville, Ga, Usa.) 
 
Additional keywords. Gen. James Longstreet
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
The Historic Piedmont Hotel image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 28, 2009
4. The Historic Piedmont Hotel
Sign at The Historic Piedmont Hotel image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 28, 2009
5. Sign at The Historic Piedmont Hotel
The painting on the sign shows the hotel as it stood, with the surviving wing in the foreground
Lt. Gen. James Longstreet's Grave image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 28, 2009
6. Lt. Gen. James Longstreet's Grave
Longstreet is buried in Alta Vista Cemetery, in Gainesville
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,334 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard Pilcher of Gainesville, Ga, Usa. Photos:   1. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   3. submitted on , by Richard Pilcher of Gainesville, Ga, Usa.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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