Here's just a little bit of history about The Brick Hotel on the Circle, originally known during the Civil War era as The Union Hotel.
With our restoration, we saved and have re-used many of the materials removed from the structure. Our goal has been to tie the restoration to the eras in which this building existed as an inn and tavern. Since this is a National Historic Registry property, we also had an obligation to preserve the historical elements of the building, including the following
Want to know what we're made of? The details below were extracted from the National Registrar of Historic places inventory nomination form:
We expected that the restoration process would be exciting, but had no idea just how exciting the demolition process would be! (Click on the "Track our Restoration" link to see pics.) Since originally one of the most imposing features was the 2nd floor porch, replacing it was one of our top priorities. Having our guests enjoying that veranda - just like they did for over 50 years - is very exciting for us!!
Our thanks to Mrs. Battle Robinson, a local resident and historian, whose records about this building were a primary source for this information.
Okay - so a very popular question we get is whether or not we are haunted. And guess what -- we are, which isn't terribly unique to buildings that are 175+ years old. Soon after we opened, we were approached by a group that wanted to do an investigation of the property. Despite the fact that I was a non-believer, I said "sure, go for it!" Long story short, the results of the investigation MADE me a believer and the good news is that those spirits that occupy The Brick "are friendly in nature." As much as I try to (crazily!) speak to George and Ophelia (that's what my staff named them), they never react to me, so I have had absolutely no personal experiences with them. That's not always the case with our guests and some members of my staff. It seems that George and Ophelia KNOW who they can "mess" with, but it's always in fun .... turning the shower on at midnight .... relocating something in the room or in the building ... turning lights off or at least causing them to go in a blinking frenzy ... simple stuff, but enough to make anyone wonder whatt the heck is going on!!! So, if you are inclined, I am including the video of the paranormal investigation. It's not that long, and can be boring in places, but do pay attention to the image that creeps out of the wall in (now) Tinker Hall 4, and to some of the audio clips. Yep, that's what made me BELIEVE!!! Here you go!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JURlznSr7B4&feature=youtu.be
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