The Inn's Restaurant, Tinker's Alley, provides the perfect setting for small and large groups depending on need. For private events please give a us a call! Tinker's Alley maintains the following hours of operation: Wed - Thurs, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Fri - Sat, 5 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. midnight.
The Belmont Inn celebrated its 100th year in 2003. This majestic beauty (formerly The Eureka, and later The Belmont Inn) was the conception of Mr. P. Rosenburg and other distinguished gentlemen of Abbeville in 1901. During 1902, plans for the hotel became a reality and city fathers awarded an Atlanta firm the $25,000 construction contract.
The local paper had high hopes for the planned hotel as evidenced by this August 20, 1902 account: "The new Hotel will be one of the best in this part of the country, with all the new and modern conveniences. Baths, barber shops, offices, elegant dining rooms, beautiful parlors, inviting sitting rooms, and bedrooms that would make the weary sleep their lives away, are part of the new Hotel. The cook rooms and the pantries will be such that no poor meals will be furnished to anybody."
By April 29, 1903 the paper reported, "Skilled workmen are now busy putting the finishing touches on the Eureka, which will be one of the finest hotels in the up-country. The plastering has been done, the windows are being put in, and other work is looking to an early completion of the work progressing nicely... There is no discounting the elegance and completeness of the structure, and great credit is due to the promoters of the scheme whereby Abbeville will take front rank as a hotel town."
A formal opening was held on August 19, 1903, "signalized by a sumptuous dinner served at 7 p.m. which could not have failed to have satisfied the taste and cravings of the most pronounced epicure." The newspaper account goes on to describe "beautiful parlors and a spacious dining room fairly ablaze with scores of incandescent lights..."
The City of Abbeville
Abbeville, SC was settled in 1758 by a group French Huguenots. In 2008, Abbeville celebrated its 250th anniversary. The City was officially incorporated as a municipality within the State of South Carolina on December 20, 1832. Since then Abbeville has experienced many exciting and turbulent events. The city played a key role during the Civil War and the legacy remains preserved.
Abbeville is called the "Birthplace and Deathbed of the Confederacy", because it was here that Jefferson Davis made some of his most important decisions as President of the Confederacy. On what is now known as Secession Hill, the meeting which launched the state's secession from the Union took place on Nov. 22, 1860. Five years later in 1865, Jefferson Davis and his cabinet decided to dissolve the Confederacy at the Burt-Stark Mansion, a stately home right off Abbeville's historic Court Square.
The Abbeville Opera House and the Historic Downtown Square are significant attractions in the region. Over 35,000 patrons attend sellout shows at the Opera House each year making it the State's Rural Drama Theater.
In January of 2008, First Lady Laura Bush designated Abbeville as a Preserve America Community. This initiative recognizes those communities that demonstrate they are committed to preserving their cultural and natural heritage. The City of Abbeville was honored by this prestigious award and will continue to make sustainable historic preservation a priority.