There were three separate businesses intended to be on the ground floor when the hotel was built. Dr. Fleming, who built the hotel, saw the potential in investing in this concept. He certainly hoped that businesses below the hotel would benefit from the guests staying at the hotel and vice versa. It was a perfect plan and it worked. Little did Dr. Fleming know that it would indeed work, but the hotel continued operating as a hotel about 105 years and that the ground floor retail area would also continue to house various businesses for ALL of its 134 years. WOW! That really is something. Who does that? Yes, if you are in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Atlanta, you probably will find buildings like that, but in Union Springs, Alabama? Really?
So my tour continues on the ground floor. Lets start with the far right section of the building which currently is occupied with retail items.
Below are a series of photos I made of the ceiling on that side. These are the tin ceiling tiles that are original to the building. Put there in 1880. Aren't they marvelous?
There are two additional doors that lead from Joyce's office. This one below leads to that kitchen I mentioned above.
This room is the old kitchen that I mentioned. That wall there with all the pipes, is the where the sinks were. I bet a lot of pots and pans got washed there. Those are the transoms that I also mentioned before.