|Broad Street Train Station - now The Science Museum of VA|
The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond is a very fine and exclusive hotel in the downtown. Lewis Ginter, a wealthy tobacco baron, had the Beaux-Arts hotel built in 1892 and opened for business in 1895. Many presidents have stayed at The Jefferson as well as celebrities such as Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley. If you are famous, you have probably stayed at The Jefferson.
It is said that when Margaret Mitchell stayed at The Jefferson (while writing Gone with the Wind) she was inspired by the staircase there for Tara.
|The Jefferson staircase|
In 1901 a fire gutted the interior of the hotel. There were extensive restorations done and the hotel reopened in 1907. According to my Daddy, my great-grandparents went to the fire sale that was held at The Jefferson. It was there they bought this chocolate pot. It now resides in our home.