|Posted by Steven Randolph on November 14, 2010 at 4:36 PM|
The Belmont Inn celebrated its 100th year in 2003. This majestic beauty (formerly The Eureka, and later The Belmont Inn) was the conception of Mr. P. Rosenburg and other distinguished gentlemen of Abbeville in 1901. During 1902, plans for the hotel became a reality and city fathers awarded an Atlanta firm the $25,000 construction contract. The local paper had high hopes for the planned hotel as evidenced by this August 20, 1902 account: “The new Hotel will be one of the best in this part of the country, with all the new and modern conveniences. Baths, barber shops, offices, elegant dining rooms, beautiful parlors, inviting sitting rooms, and bedrooms that would make the weary sleep their lives away, are part of the new Hotel. The cook rooms and the pantries will be such that no poor meals will be furnished to anybody.”
By April 29, 1903 the paper reported, “Skilled workmen are now busy putting the finishing touches on the Eureka, which will be one of the finest hotels in the up-country. The plastering has been done, the windows are being put in, and other work is looking to an early completion of the work progressing nicely… There is no discounting the elegance and completeness of the structure, and great credit is due to the promoters of the scheme whereby Abbeville will take front rank as a hotel town.” A formal opening was held on August 19, 1903, “signalized by a sumptuous dinner served at 7pm which could not have failed to have satisfied the taste and cravings of the most pronounced epicure.” The newspaper account goes on to describe “beautiful parlors and a spacious dining room fairly ablaze with scores of incandescent lights…”
During the early years, The Eureka was a center of activity housing railroad visitors and travelling troupes that played The Abbeville Opera House. However, starting in the ’50s, the Eureka began a gradual decline and finally closed in 1972. The structure stood defunct until 1983, when a new owner purchased it and began the process of extensive restoration. Christened The Belmont Inn, the new grand opening was celebrated on November 23, 1984.
The Belmont Inn was purchased in the fall of 2015 by Edie New and Renee Smith (local Abbeville residents) and once again completely renovated after a short period while it continued to operate. It again has a new life and a great new attitude.
In 2015, a local holding company comprised of Abbeville community citizens organized to prevent the hotel from closing, due to financial difficulties. In the Fall or 2015, bids were accepted for purchase of the facility by new owners in early September. See Index-Journal article for more information on current owners and managers.
Currently, the Inn has 25 remodeled rooms. Enjoy the dining room, serving freshly prepared food in a casual elegant atmosphere; and the “Tinker’s Alley,” serving a bar menu and libations, now open for business. The Inn also has ample meeting space for corporate retreats, meetings, and seminars, as well as wedding receptions, class, and family reunions. The Belmont Inn offers a perfect getaway for your corporate clients and family with comfortable rooms, meeting space, and exceptional food. If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Belmont Inn, be sure to read all the newspaper clippings and feature stories prominently displayed in the lower lobby when you visit.
originally published in 2010 by Steven Randolph in http://ghosthunts.webs.com