One Tank Trip: The Historic Hale Springs Inn in Rogersville

One Tank Trip: The Historic Hale Springs Inn in Rogersville

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Built in 1824 by John McKinney, it's transformed its purpose many times over the decades, but today is an elegant bed and breakfast. Built in 1824 by John McKinney, it's transformed its purpose many times over the decades, but today is an elegant bed and breakfast.

By TEARSA SMITH
6 News Anchor/Reporter

ROGERSVILLE (WATE) - Main street USA, the very center of all things Americana. A stroll into the historic Downtown Rogersville District and you will see this small town hasn't lost its charm. Along main street you will find the historic Hale Springs Inn and McKinney's Tavern.

Built in 1824 by John McKinney, it's transformed its purpose many times over the decades, but today is an elegant bed and breakfast.

"It was his idea to build this big beautiful building to be in competition with Colonel Thomas Amis and Joseph Rogers, of course Joseph Rogers is the man who applied for the charter for Rogersville," said Pat Wilkosz, front desk manager at the Inn.

When you tour the building you will notice each of the large spacious rooms have familiar names, something Wilkosz is very proud of.

"Oh yes! All three of the Tennessee presidents have stayed with us, several times. Andrew Johnson, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk have all stayed here with us."

Not just presidents have stayed at The Hale Springs Inn, but others who helped shape American and Tennessee history.

"During the Civil War, the first part of the Civil War, Rogersville was held by the Union Army. So this was the largest building in town, so, basically it would be logical this was where you would have your army stay," says Wilkosz.

The inn has its own restaurant and dining hall. It also has a full service tavern.

Wilkosz truly loves sharing much of the inn's history with its guests, especially young visitors.

"I did fourth graders last week and they come in and you tell them, 'You're walking in the same place that President Andrew Johnson walked. This is the room he stayed in.' It's really great to see the kids enjoy that part of history and know that we have that history right here."

For information on the Hale Springs Inn, head to their website.


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