In the heart of downtown Rogersville, you will find Hale Springs Inn. A local lawyer John McKinney originally built the Inn in 1824 to compete with another tavern owned by Rogersville founder Joseph Rogers.
Presidents Andrew Jackson, James Polk and Andrew Johnson all stayed at the Inn and today there are guest suites named for each of them. When Jackson was president he actually used the balcony to address the people of Rogersville during a political speech.
Sometime in the 20th century it was changed to Hale Springs Hotel and it was used by tourists going to Hot Springs. The hotel stayed in operation until it closed in 1980 and was purchased by a sea captain named Carl Netherland-Brown. The captain restored the Inn to the appearance of the 1820s and opened it as Hale Springs Inn.
He kept the Inn open until 1999 and at that time it was purchased by the Rogersville Historical Association.
Today tourists can stay in one of the 9 rooms and even enjoy a suite shared by a United States President or enjoy the model ship donated by Captain Netherland-Brown’s son to the Inn and used to decorate one of the rooms. The history in this Inn is something to treasure while touring the building or taking one of their self-guided walking tours around town. The Inn also has a bar and a formal dining room that serves lunch and dinner six days a week.
If you find yourself in Rogersville enjoying many of the shops and awesome food make sure you stop by the Hale Springs Inn for a meal, a tour or an overnight stay.