A Stop at the Historic Bedingfield Inn
Built in 1836 in a quaint stagecoach town of Lumpkin, Georgia stands the Bedingfield Inn. It is known today as a symbol of Lumpkin history and a popular Antebellum era building.
The city of Lumpkin was a small frontier town that served as a stagecoach stop for people passing through from Indiana to Florida. It was the increased frequency is passerby that drove the motive to build this inn. In 1836, Dr. Bryan Bedingfield was the first physician in the area of Lumpkin.
While the Bedingfield Inn was quite large, it served as a home for the doctor and his wife as well as a place for travelers to rest. The area was becoming more and more popular as people began homesteading the area with cotton farms.
The stagecoach driver would blow a horn as he passed by to announce to the inn how many guests they could expect for the evening. The rate to stay at the inn was only 12 cents a night and most of the rooms contained a bed and fireplace.
Route 27 was built in the 1920s upon old popular routes and connected the Midwest to Miami. This drove more people to pass through the area. The Bedingfield Inn remained open until the 1930s when it closed.
After years of being unused and neglected, the Stewart County Historical Commission purchased the inn, restored the building and since has offered tours and events to take place.
Violet Sky’s Visit
In the adorable historic downtown of Lumpkin, Georgia I stumbled across this old inn. I was instantly interested in learning about the history of the place that was reportedly dating back to the 1830s.
The tour of the museum was amazing and led by a very knowledgeable guide. The exhibits were well preserved and the artifacts seemed to be unique to the place.
How to Visit
If you are interested in exploring the inn it is open Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm. The cost is $5 per person and can also include a tour of the nearby Dr. Hatchett’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain.
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