Georgia Magazine - June 2019 - 32

HUNTER MCCRAE

PETER FRANK EDWARDS

Around GEORGIA

A photo of the Partridge Inn from the 1920s
(above right) shows the same impressive
porches and balconies that greet guests at
the Augusta hotel today (right).

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Georgia Magazine

June 2019

COURTESY THE PARTRIDGE INN

Mary Ferguson welcomes guests. The
house was left to her husband's family,
and the couple has managed it for almost
40 years. Inside the elegant two-story
mansion are nine bedrooms, outfitted in
period pieces; an additional six rooms are
part of two cottages on the grounds.
"The house is very much original,"
Ferguson says. "It's one of our passions:
keeping the historical integrity. We
slowly transitioned from private home to
a place to stay, so it really feels like you're
coming into someone's house. People
tell us they feel like they've been to a
house party or their grandmother's for
the weekend."
Farther inland, rooms at the Partridge Inn in Augusta are hard to find
during the Masters Tournament every
April because the historic hotel is closest
to the golf course. Even if you're not a
guest, drop in for a cocktail in the cozy
bar or for dinner in the elegant dining
room, neither of which was part of the
original house, built in 1836. From that
modest structure came a small hotel in
the early 1900s under the supervision
of owner Morris Partridge. Its registered
guests included golf greats, politicians

and celebrities who enjoyed gala gatherings in the
ballroom and brunch on one of the wide porches.
After escaping the wrecking ball in 1978, the property was refurbished and reopened in 1987. Today, it is noted for its multiple
balconies and terraces that offer sweeping views of the city.
Many of Atlanta's oldest properties were lost to war and time, but the
city does have some with long histories. The 10-story white tower of the
1911 Georgian Terrace occupies a prominent corner of Peachtree Street in
Midtown, where it has long been the hotel of choice for celebrities appearing at the Fox Theatre across the street. Designed to mimic a boutique
Parisian hotel with just 80 rooms, the hotel fell on hard times and closed
its doors in 1981.
A grassroots
effort saved the
structure, and five
years later, it was

COURTESY THE PARTRIDGE INN

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The Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island dates back to the
island's early days as a playground for wealthy families.
Owner Mary Ferguson says guests appreciate the homey
feel. "People tell us they feel like they've been to a house
party or their grandmother's for the weekend."

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