This hotel and buildings is a historic hotel complex in Tennessee. It was rebuilt in the 1890s, surrounded by original 1860 cottages. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main hotel building was erected in the 1890s by Matt F. Allen on the site of a former hotel built by Emanuel Kreider in 1849. The first hotel burned down in the late 1880s, but thirteen cottages dating back to 1860 survived the fire. The hotel complex was acquired by W. C. West and A. E. Beard in 1908, and they closed it down in 1917.
I have no idea when this place was abandoned, but it has been awhile. There isn't much vandalism. It's more or less just rotting. It's evident there have been some squatters, but even that looks like it has been while.
First, it was Hodges Gardens Motor Inn, just across the highway from the magnificent Hodges Gardens. It was created and designed specifically to complement Hodges Gardens…which in the 60s was such a heavy tourist attraction that a nearby hotel (okay, motel) and restaurant was needed. Not just wanted, but needed, and an accompanying golf course was perfect for the men who might tend to be bored with the Gardens. Later, perhaps in the early 70s though I am not exactly sure of the when, it became Toro Hills Motel & Restaurant. That is how I remember it, when my grammar school marching group from Lake Charles (the Our Lady Queen of Heaven Barronettes!) visited Hodges Gardens and ate across the street after the Many Christmas Parade. As kids, eating out anywhere was fantastic… but I remember having such a blast at Toro Hills… us all spread out in a room that I swear at the time seemed every bit as big as two skating rinks combined. When I moved to Many in the early 1990s, it was still Toro Hills. It is where we ate after the Easter Sunrise service, and they served an incredible breakfast to pretty much fill you up for the day. I ate dinner (supper) more times than I could count for the next many years at the Grille which overlooked the golf course. The golf course was one of the best in the state from what I had heard. ~ http://allthingssabine.com/goodbye-to-the-hills-once-toro-and-later-emerald/
Governors House Hotel & Convention Center
The hotel, opened in the 1960s, prospered for over 20 years and featured 197 rooms, over 19,500 square feet of meeting and convention space, restaurant and an outdoor pool in the shape of the state of Alabama. Then, in the 1990s, larger hotels were built downtown drawing both staff and guests away from the Governor's House Hotel.
This hotel in Mississippi doesn't look as if it closed all that long ago. The lobby area is still locked up & in decent shape. There were some broken windows, but they have been boarded back up. Some of the rooms are still locked down tight & you can't see in. Others, well, look used. Some homeless and or druggies are using them for shelter. I didn't encounter any on my visit, but they are there regularly. One room was a two story suite. Complete with full kitchen & a nice walk in shower.
The Pool is Closed
It looks like Detroit, but this abandoned hotel is in Mississippi. This was a quick trip in & get the heck out. I didn't get to do a walk through, but hope to get back to do so with some company. There were several sketchy people & I didn't hang around long. The pool was the coolest part of the whole place.
This is an old Red Roof Inn in Lafayette. There was a security guard posted when I rolled up. I spoke with her & asked permission to film the place. She obliged & even let me in some of the rooms they were planning to reopen.
The 18-hole "Hillsdale Resort" course at the The Kings Arrow Ranch facility in Lumberton, Mississippi features 5,725 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 66.9 and it has a slope rating of 112 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Jimmy George, the Hillsdale Resort golf course opened in 1970.
There isn't any information out there about this hotel. It sat abandoned for many years, I think since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It has now been torn down. Every time I drive along Highway 90, I glance over at the empty lot. I'm glad I got to visit it before its demise.
I wish I had been able to get in, and now the opportunity has passed. By now the entire hotel has been torn down. From the Mississippi Heritage - "They offered cheap rooms, a heated pool, a decent coffee shop and an endless, gratis supply of bologna and crackers in the corner of the lobby and for a time, it was one of Mississippi’s most intriguing and influential political and governmental environments." ~ https://www.mississippiheritage.com/elevation-blog/sun-n-sand
Georgia not Florida Motel
So I thought this hotel was in Florida, but after looking back, I see it is actually in Cuthbert, Georgia. Lol.