When I left you in my last post, we were still on the first floor, poking our heads into rooms, closets, nooks, and crannies. This rear staircase leads to the third floor. Inside was a wooden box covered in fabric. The owners discovered this years back when they purchased the building. When they removed the lid, this is what they found inside...
Stacks of the original registration sheets and cards. The large ones were at one time in books and the pages had been removed. But remarkably you can read most of them. These delicate pages hold a significant and historical record of the hotel's past visitors. They forever preserve The Josephine's contribution to tourism in the city of Union Springs.
It's amazing how far away they came from just to stay here at the Josephine Hotel.
Below are various types of paperwork, like bills, bookkeeping, and correspondence.
Also found in the closet with the box was this small red cradle. Most likely made for a doll, it is too small for a human baby. It was probably left behind years ago by a child who was told to go and gather her things and get ready to depart. Children often leave behind toys in hotels even to this day.
This is the view from a room in the back of the building. Note that you can see Amerifirst Bank. It is interesting to note that the property where the bank sits today was once owned by The Josephine Hotel. That's right. The exact spot where the bank sits was the living quarters for the hotel staff. That parking lot is where the main kitchen was located. There was a walkway from the 2nd floor directly to the second floor of the living quarters. The are behind the Chinese restaurant next door was also owned by the Josephine and was the site of a beautiful courtyard.