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East Clarendon "Motel"

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Catalog Information

East Clarendon "Motel"
Accession Number
Historic Building
Gift of
Robert Underhill
Collection Title
Homes & Buildings
Format Description
Search Engine Type

This ca. 1930 postcard photo of a hotel adjacent to rail tracks appears to have been operated by Charles Kendall Ballard (1877 - 1962) and his wife Nellie Jane Crossman (1882 - 1953) for some portion of the 1928 - 1935 period.  Its exact location has not been determined but it would have been in the vicinity of the East Clarendon Rail Station near where East Clarendon Road junctions with Rt 103 and Airport Road. 

Charles Ballard had been hotel keeper at the St. James Hotel in Rutland at the time of his 1917 WWI draft registration, proprietor of the West St. Hotel in Rutland at the time of the 1920 census, and working at the Hotel Lake Bomoseen at the time of the compilation of the 1926, 1927, and 1928 Rutland City Directories.  By 1935 he was in Woodstock, VT, thus the 1928 - 1935 window. 

A close look at the photo shows that the sign says Motel rather than Hotel.  The term motel is said to have first come into use starting in 1925 which further supports the dating of this postcard. 

Any additional information on where this hotel was and what became of it would be greatly appreciated.