Florala History

Stories and Information of Florala, Alabama

Colonial Hotel

The Colonial Hotel was owned by the Lake Jackson Hotel Company. Railroad tracks separated it from the lake (see below). This allowed visitors, many who came to attend Chautuaqua lectures, to disembark at the hotel. The officers of the Lake Jackson Hotel Co were: W. H. Britton, president; W. C. McLauchlin, secretary-treasurer; J. T. Hughes, vice-president. The Colonial Hotel opened for business August 8, 1906. It contained 33 rooms.

The house seen behind the Colonel Hotel is the home of “Tank” Hughes, son of JE Hughes. The home now is the educational building for the Presbyterian Church.



  • By Robin O. Lawhon, June 25, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    I had the great honor of beginning my banking career at The Bank of Florala, working with such wonderful people as Mr. Ed Rodwell, Mr. Whitcomb, Mr. Wooten and Mr. Wallace. In the early 80′s a new bank building was built where the Colonial Hotel once stood, across from Lake Jackson. The Bank of Florala was purchased by First National Bank of the South, and then by SouthTrust Bank (now Wells Fargo I believe). Florala is rich in history, and all who leave it find their way back at some point in their life.

  • By Max Baker, June 26, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

    I wonder if you have some photos or know where they might be of early Bank of Florala officers? We do not have a picture of William C. McLauchlin who was a co-founder of the bank. Do you ever remember seeing of picture of him or other founders of the bank? I would be interested in pictures of those you mention as well.

    Best regards,
    Max Baker

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