General Morgan Inn and Conference Center in Greeneville, Tennessee is a historic hotel comprised of neighboring railroad hotels. The hotel is near the railroad in downtown Greeneville. Greeneville is located in, in northeast Tennessee in the Nolichucky River Valley at the base of Cherokee National Forest.
Green Room Grace is reported to be a playful spirit who lived at the General Morgan Inn in Greenville, Tennessee. Grace was a waitress in the Grand Central Hotel which was what the hotel was named before being called General Morgan Inn.
Grace seems to have become fascinated with spoons in the afterlife. Spoons have been disappearing from The Green Room, which is the hotel’s restaurant, for more than 75 years. Just the spoons disappear, not the forks and knives. Green Room Grace is known as “the spoon snatcher.”
Just what Grace does with her supernatural collection of spoons, no one seems to know.
History of the General Morgan Inn & Conference Center
This historic inn was named after General Morgan, who was a daring Confederate leader. General Morgan terrorized the Union Army during the Civil War. According to legend, General Morgan was shot and killed in 1864. The inn is situated on the same spot that his body fell.
The first building to sit on the property site was De Woody Tavern. De Woody Tavern was a wooden structure that was erected in the late 1790’s. The De Woody tavern was patronized by local folks. The tavern also had accommodations for travelers passing through Greeneville.
The tavern was known as Bell Tavern from the late 1820’s to the 1860’s.The tavern was run by Joshua Lane during the Civil War.
In 1864, General Morgan was trying to escape Union soldiers and was killed near the rear of the tavern. There are claims that General Morgan was betrayed by a Union sympathizer who told the Union Army where General Morgan was.
The Tavern was purchased by Colonel John H Doughty. Colonel Doughty built the three story Doughty Stevens building across the street in the late 1880’s.
Colonel Doughty recognized the need for accommodations for railroad travelers. He demolished the De Woody tavern and built a four story structure that became the historic 60 room Grand Central Hotel. Four old railroad hotels were connected at the second floor level by a bridge across an alleyway.
In 1920 the hotel was purchased by Mrs. E.J. Brumley. Mrs. Brumley began full operations of the hotel, renamed Hotel Brumley. “The General Morgan Room” was opened in 1948 as a supper club style private dining area.
The Hotel Brumley ceased operation in 198l. The hotel sat empty for several years. It took nine years of planning and fund-raising to restore and reopen the historic hotel. The restored General Morgan Inn and Conference Center opened in 1996.
General Morgan Inn & Conference Center features Brumley’s restaurant for fine dining offering American, “Continental and Southern Cuisine”. The General Morgan Room features a mahogany bar with hand-etched mirrors constructed of blue glass from the 1940’s.
General Morgan Inn is designated a Historic Hotel of America.
Greeneville is a historic community, as the second oldest town in the State of Tennessee. The historic town was home to President Andrew Johnson and Davy Crockett.
Guests of the General Morgan Inn enjoy the elegant historic hotel, but they may want to hold on to their spoons, lest the supernatural “spoon snatcher” appears.