From The Archives
c. 1850 Antebellum
The Excelsior House Hotel
The Excelsior House welcomes you as it has welcomed travelers since the late 1850's. Famous people registered at the Excelsior House include Ulysses S. Grant, Oscar Wilde, Rutherford B. Hayes and Lady Bird Johnson to name a few.
Southern charm graces this historic hotel with rich rosewood, cherry, and mahogany furnishings, Constructed of brick and timber, with lacy iron work gallery, The Excelsior House has become an antique lover's delight.
Today, with the beautifully appointed ballroom and dining room and the manicured grounds, the hotel excels in elegance and taste, including the well known Orange Blossom Muffins served daily at breakfast.
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In operation since the 1850s, the Excelsior House has played host to Oscar Wilde, Lady Bird Johnson, and Ulysses S. Grant, among others. But one famous guest was so freaked out by his stay, he split before the sun came up. Steven Spielberg tried to spend the night in room 215 (what is now known as the Jay Gould room) while shooting his film, The Sugarland Express. But when a poltergeist threw his briefcase back at him and the specter of a young boy appeared to ask what he wanted for breakfast, the filmmaker roused his entire crew and fled to a Holiday Inn. Interestingly enough, he made the film Poltergeist soon after.
Archived in December, 2015