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 Ranch Homes/ Rambler A Ranch Style home is an American original. Originating in the 1920’s with the post war boom of the middle class, this architectural style home fused modernist ideas with the American Western period of wide open spaces to create a casual lifestyle. One story living with a long low pitch roof and deep overhanging eaves. The roof line was primarily cross gabled, single gable or hip. The home itself was either rectangular, L or U Shaped. Many had an attached garage, others none at all. The floor plan was simple with the living area separate from the bedrooms. Often times a sliding glass door leads to a patio and feature large glass windows. The exterior materials used where typically locally sourced and mixed such as stucco, brick, wood or stone. By the 1950’s, nine in every 10 homes built were a Ranch or Rambler style. By the late 20th Century the Ranch style home began to wane and Neo-Eclectic homes became the rage with their combination of the Cape Cod, Mission, T

Stay: Hale Springs Inn



 Want to stay somewhere Presidents of the USA have stayed? Well that is just what we did on our last trip to Rogersville, Tennessee. Usually we stay with family or at the Comfort Suites but this time we wanted to try out a new scene. The Hale Springs Inn is a wonderful addition to the town.

Situated on Main Street,  the Hale Springs Inn has undergone many renovations and owned by many different people. After the Inn closed in the 80's it was bought and restored to its 1820-1830's appearance. The Rogersville Heritage Association now runs the Inn. In fact much of the furniture that resides in the Inn is on loan from many of the families that reside in the town. 

What I find really awesome though, because the town wanted the inn to survive they opened a bar. Now you may think what's the deal with opening a bar in a hotel? Well, before this bar, there was not a bar anywhere in Rogersville and the whole county was dry. You had to drive quite aways to get a drink in any resturaunt and you better make sure you had brought wine when you came to visit. So now, in 2014 you can have a drink where presidents stayed a long, long time ago. 

What We Loved: The essence of the hotel, the bed was super comfortable, the rooms are huge, the cleaning staff was super nice, the decorations for Christmas were superb, we chose a room in the back of the hotel, the location.

We We Didn't Love: The breakfast was less than superb, my eggs were cold and the server was not great and one lady who worked the front desk acted like she didn't like us being there. 


Pictures:

1. The View of Rogersville from our Room: The James K. Polk Suite
2. Christmas Tree in the Dining Room
3. Second Floor Decorations
4. Our Fireplace in the Suite
5. The Christmas Tree in our Suite
6. The Second Room in our Suite
7. Building Next Door
8. Our President James K. Polk
9. Beautiful Decorations

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