Opened by German immigrant Gustave Jaeckel, this hotel was a showplace in early 20th century Statesboro, hosting celebrities like Henry Ford, William Jennings Bryan and Cornelius Vanderbilt. After closing in the late 1960s, it was acquired by the city of Statesboro in the 1990s and renovated for use as City Hall.
The beautiful AAA hotel neon was restored in 2012 by the Bulloch County Historical Society and the Jack N. & Addie D. Averitt Foundation.
Blind Willie McTell played here when he lived in Statesboro. The Thomson native and iconic bluesman wrote many blues standards but is best known for his “Statesboro Blues” (famously covered by the Allman Brothers Band).
Photograph by Ruby Lomax, Atlanta, 1940, Library of Congress
East Main Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places