History

old innThe Inn, built about 1836 in Lumpkin, Georgia by Dr. Bryan Bedingfield, served as a family residence as well as a stopping place for stagecoaches and other travelers. It was located approximately a day’s travel from Columbus on the north and Fort Gaines and Cuthbert on the south. It provided a convenient stopping place for travelers between Americus and Eufaula, AL, to the west.

Dr. Bedingfield was the first physician in Stewart County and his son, Dr. Samuel Bedingfield, who grew up in the Inn, was the first white male child born in Stewart County

In that period Lumpkin was a busy bustling frontier town and the Inn provided a center for commercial and community activity.

The building has been restored to its original look as nearly as possible. The color on the outside matches what was found in spots where the rains had not been able to wash it off. Old “bubbly” glass was found for every window and old brick was used for chimney and foundation repair.

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Historic marker

One of the clues that this elegant building was a stagecoach stop is the two front doors. The right door lead to the public room or tavern where the men could register and enjoy a drink. The left door led to a parlor where ladies could sit and chat in a “proper” environment for ladies.

The Stewart County Historical Commission bought the house in November of 1965 and a campaign was launched to raise money to complete the payments and to get repairs underway. Actual repair work did not begin until late spring of 1966.

The bright colors found throughout the interior are close reproductions of what was found to be the bottom coat of paint after top layers had been removed. This bottom coat was then matched by an artist as nearly as possible to the original color.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Moshman
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 18:22:11

    I would like very much to tour your Museum and find out more information about museum hours. Unfortunately, I am unable to find a valid phone number or even an email so that I may inquire. I called the city of Lumpkin, and the reps there were not sure about museum hours, etc. Could someone kindly please get in touch with me. It would be much appreciated! Thank you!

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