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January Monthly Meeting

posted Dec 12, 2017, 8:37 AM by MC Prentice
SCHEDULE CHANGE!  Please note our next meeting will be held the SECOND Tuesday in January as the first Tuesday falls immediately after the New Year's holidayWe will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, the SECOND Tuesday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the B. Calvin Jones Center for Archaeology at the Governor Martin House. The Center is located off Lafayette Street, between Seminole Drive and Myers Park Drive, at 1001 De Soto Park Drive. 
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Paulette McFadden of the Bureau of Archaeological Research.

Washington Hall: Reconstructing the History of a Tallahassee Frontier Hotel

By Paulette S. McFadden, Ph.D.


Washington Hall was central to the early development of the City of Tallahassee and the State of Florida. Constructed between 1825 and 1828 by Joseph R. Betton, it was one of only four hotels in the frontier town. Located on the southeast corner of South Monroe and East Lafayette Streets (now Apalachee Parkway), the hotel faced the newly constructed log capital building and served as a place for civic and religious activities in addition to providing room and board for guests. Throughout its life, the hotel was owned by several prominent early Tallahasseans, individuals who were instrumental in the development of the early frontier town, including Joseph R. Betton, Richard Keith Call, and David Shelby Walker.  Ironically, Washington Hall was the origin of one of the most devastating disasters ever to occur in Tallahassee.  Paulette McFadden, an archaeologist with the Bureau of Archaeological Research, will present the results of a recent archaeological investigation at the site of the hotel and extensive archival research to reveal the history and eventual demise of Washington Hall.