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Graham in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Vestal Hotel

1903 C

 
 
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By Patrick G. Jordan, June 27, 2016
1. Vestal Hotel Marker
Inscription.  One of the few original hotel buildings of this era still standing in North Carolina
 
Erected by Graham Historic District Commission.
 
Location. 36° 4.183′ N, 79° 24′ W. Marker is in Graham, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is at the intersection of North East Court Square and East Elm Street on North East Court Square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22 NE Court Square, Graham NC 27253, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alamance County Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Alamance County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Wrike Drug (within shouting distance of this marker); Graham's First Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); National Bank of Alamance (about 300 feet away); The Harden House (about 300 feet away); Built to House the Alamance Gleaner (about 300 feet away); Originally a Wing of the Union Hotel (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Graham.
 
Regarding Vestal Hotel. William
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By Patrick G. Jordan, June 27, 2016
2. Vestal Hotel Marker
Sherman Vestal purchased a lot on the northeast corner of court square and built the Vestal Building. Several tenants occupied the building including an office for the mayor of Graham. A hotel was built on the remaining land. The hotel opened in January 1903 and burned to the ground in July of the same year. The hotel was quickly rebuilt by the current structure. The new hotel had 17 rooms, its own water system, a large office, and parlor. Judges and out-of-town lawyers used the hotel during court sessions. The hotel closed in 1928.

Many businesses have occupied the Vestal building including Woody's Service Station, Rich's Café, Tasty Bakery, and Graham Soda Shop.
 
Categories. ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce
 
Vestal Hotel Building image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, June 27, 2016
3. Vestal Hotel Building
Vestal Hotel Building image. Click for full size.
circa 1904
4. Vestal Hotel Building
Vestal Hotel Building in the 1940s when it housed Woody's Service Station. image. Click for full size.
circa 1942
5. Vestal Hotel Building in the 1940s when it housed Woody's Service Station.
Riding cows into town was likely due to gasoline rationing during World War II.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2018, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 26, 2018, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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