Simple Pleasures

A History of the Resort at Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee

In the spring of 2012, Vision 2020 Inc was granted permission by Dr. Jeanette Keith to publish her Master’s Thesis as a fund-raiser for our heritage museum project. The book covers the history of Red Boiling Boiling Springs during its heydays of the 1920’s and 1930’s. It is available for sell at Armour’s Red Boiling Springs Hotel, the Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs branches of Macon Bank and Trust, Grandpa’s House, and at the Step Back in Time Shop.  The price of the book is $8 (Book may be mailed for additional fee to cover shipping and handling). Thank you for your support!

Below are some of the photographs that appear in the booklet and excerpts from the booklet:

Cloyd Place, Main Building 1912- OPC

Cloyd Place, Main Building

Early in the 1920s Red Boiling Springs underwent a real estate boom. By 1924, there were six large hotels: the Cloyd, the Donoho, the Arlington, the Moss, the Red Boiling Springs and the Palace. Typically, these hotels had between 50 and 60 rooms.


Donoho Hotel, 1917

All of the hotels operated on the American plan: three meals a day were included in the price of a room. The food was traditional Southern cuisine. Breakfast might include ham or bacon, eggs, cooked cereal, biscuits, preserves of various kinds and coffee. Other meals would include country ham or fried chicken, vegetables, biscuits, coffee or tea, and dessert.

Counts - OPC

Counts Hotel

The improvements in transportation which made Red Boiling Springs easier to reach coincided with a national vogue for summer resorts among the middle class.

Moss Hotel

Moss Hotel

In the early 1960s the resort experienced a small revival. The Donoho, Cloyd, and Counts were joined by the Colonial and Moss hotels for the 1960 summer season.

Palace Hotel - Hewitt

Palace Hotel

The evening meal was a big occasion at the Palace Hotel. If a guest wanted to freshen up before the evening’s festivities began, he or she could visit the barber shop and beauty shop maintained by the Palace. Guests dressed for dinner at the Palace. In the 1930s, an occasional Friday night dinner was held out on the Palace’s lawn under Japanese lanterns.



5-pin Bowling Alley

The hotels provided various forms of recreation. Bowling was a favorite with the middle-aged, and all the hotels had alleys. Often the guests would organize tournaments.

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