The Archives was given a very wonderful volume from a donor who had found this hotel register thrown into a trash bin after a cleaning crew came through. The register was indexed by John Rabun in late 2017. Mr. Rabun has written a fantastic introduction to the register, found in the pdf, which is downloadable. He wrote..."The register shows that many of the travelers who stopped overnight at the Alexander Hotel were on their way either to Florida to spend the winter or returning from Florida to spend the summer in a less sweltering climate than the sunshine state had to offer. This pattern still exists, but now the Interstate highways have replaced the unpaved but hard-surfaced roads that traversed Georgia in the early years of the twentieth century. The Interstates have spawned motels that seem palatial compared with the small country inns of the late nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth. To some extent, the small hostelries exist today in the form of charming bed-and-breakfast establishments found both in cities and small towns. The bed-and-breakfasts appeal to travelers who take the back roads through the countryside to escape the monotony of the Interstates and the sameness of the chain-operated motels."
|our roots run deep
Alexander hotel guest Register
The Archives is open Fridays 12-4. To best plan your visit or to make an appointment outside these hours, please contact us.
For time-sensitive matters, you may call archivist & director Janisse Ray at 912-557-1053.