Location Information
(for the Lessel House Hotel)
Name:Lessel House (Hotel)
Address:Railroad Street at Brooks Ave.
City/County:Pelahatchie, Rankin County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1896
No. of Stories:2
Destroyed:demolished 1986
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:11 Sep 1980
Date Delisted:01 Jan 1987
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Context/Comments
The Lessel House at Pelahatchie was one of the few late nineteenth-century railroad hotels remaining in Mississippi, before its demolition in 1986. In the early twentieth century, the town was a scheduled meal stop on the Alabama & Vicksburg (IC) Railroad run between Vicksburg and Meridian. Located across from the depot, the Lessel House became widely known as an outstanding hotel, especially for the quality of its food and service. Even though the railroad discontinued meal stops at Pelahatchie in the early 1920s, the Lessel House continued as a clocally prominent hotel and boarding house until the 1950s.