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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Historic Josephine Hotel... For Sale

          Yes, you read that title correctly.  The historic Josephine Hotel that I've been blogging about is actually up for sale now.  The owners are ready to slow down and take it easy.  I was surprised when I heard the news, but I completely understand.  They've put their heart and soul into renovating the building to the best of their abilities.  They have done most of the work themselves, with the exception of contracting the help of the electricians, plumbers, and roofers who put in a fantastic roof that will probably be there for another 100 years. The owners have simply run out of time.   Sooner or later, age catches up to all of us. What we envision doing or getting accomplished is driven by our heart but the age of our bodies simply says, "No, I don't think so." 

       The owners didn't get to reach the goals they had hoped for, but they gained a whole lot more.  They learned so much about the long 136 year history of this fantastic building. The businesses that have occupied the ground floor over the years.  Even the 2nd and 3rd floors remained a hotel from day one of 1880 until sometime in the mid 1980's.  

From what I know, the bones of this grand building are structurally sound.  I've personally been in almost every nook and cranny of this building, it has tremendous potential.  Even as I walked up the grand staircase, there is not as much as a squeak or a cracking sound. 
If you go back through my previous posts about the building, I have thoroughly documented, floor by floor, all this building has to offer. *Check out my 7 part series I did on the building. There are lots of photos and info too.

Just about anything you want to know about the Josephine, I have probably written about it and will continue to for as long as I can find new information. 

       Oh yes, and there is that book I've already begun writing. That's right.  The builder of the Hotel, Dr. Robert Fleming named this building in honor of his beloved wife, Josephine.  I have spent the last 2 years and 4 months researching these two people and their families. There is a beautiful love story that surrounds Robert and Josephine.  Their lovely story has to be told and it will as soon as the book is released.  This will hopefully drive interested people to Union Springs to see the town, it's historic sites, and of course the Josephine Hotel.  I'm personally hoping someone does buy the building and restores it back to a fully functioning hotel.  The story and the history that swirls about the building will breathe new life into this wonderful historic place. 

Here's a link for details on the building and how to buy it:

On that site you'll find the historic home that the owners are selling as well. They will be moving from Union Springs. Just check it out while you're there.

On that note I'll just say that I will continue to blog about the building, it's history, and the people it's affiliated with. There is still so much to tell and I have plenty of information to keep me busy for quite sometime.  So, stay tuned. 

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