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Chair: Dale Lowman
Porch Sale at the Historic Wright Hotel
Friday and Saturday, March 24 & 25
from 8-2 both days
The Wright Hotel, located at the corner of Market Street and Second Avenue, has been an anchor in the Chatsworth Historic Business District since it was built in 1909. Today, the one-of-a-kind structure is a property of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Available for tours, meetings, and social events the Hotel is a busy place throughout the year, but one of the busiest times are the twice-a-year porch sales which help generate the funds to preserve this large piece of our local history.
The next sale is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 24 & 25 from 8-2 both days. As is the custom there will be a variety of vintage pieces, household items, tools, antiques, and collectibles in the sale--all donated by society members and friends of the hotel. Volunteers will spend the week gathering, setting up, organizing, and pricing things for the sale and look forward to regular customers as well as meeting new ones. Like always, the garage will be open for the popular used book sale which will also have treasures gallore at bargain prices. The Hotel has a pretty large porch, so it will be a pretty big sale as well!
For more information check out the Wright Hotel's page on Facebook or the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society's website.
Thomas Wright, the creator of the Wright Hotel, opened his once flourishing business in 1909. An influx of Northerners and Southerners alike flocked to the rural town of Chatsworth to drink the refreshing mineral waters, enjoy cool mountain breezes, and to dine on Southern-style cooking. Mr. Wright, a farmer, builder and architect, along with his cousin supervised the construction of the three-story hotel. Not only was it a hotel, but also the home of the Wright family, which included his wife and six children. Mr. Wright rented a brick plant for a year to make the rose colored bricks to build his hotel. The heart pine lumber need for construction was cut from his farm and aged for a year. The hotel has served many including jurors, school teachers, judges, politicians, and honeymooners.
Many historic displays and memorabilia can be viewed here such as the rock that is present at the bottom of the stairs—mail for the guests was placed under this rock, the 7-foot tub in which Mr. Wright was baptized, original furniture and Indian pottery and baskets. The hotel also houses a collection of nursing paraphernalia belonging to Kate Raine, daughter of Mr. Wright, who served as a nurse on the Indian reservations of the southwest. Hotel registers dating to the 1920s give a glimpse of those who stayed there while it was thriving business.
Mrs. Raine left the Wright Hotel to the historical society upon her death in 1986. The society promised to preserve and maintain the site as close as possible to its original condition. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Share Your Stories of the Wright Hotel
"While I was working at an open house at the Wright Hotel a lady came in with her daughter and granddaughters. She told them she had spent her honeymoon night at the hotel. I offered to look in the register book to see if we could find her name and there it was. We were all excited and I think the children looked at the hotel a little different." ~ Melissa Burchfield
Do you have a story passed down in your family about the time they might have spent at the Hotel? Or maybe you met and spent time with Mrs. Kate Wright Raines, the last family member to own the Hotel. The Wright Hotel Committee is looking for stories about the Wright Family and Hotel for a new book. Please send to Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, P.O. Box 6180, Dalton, GA 30722-6180.