NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Fredonia Hotel is in the "home stretch," its management said Monday. The long-awaited reveal and opening is expected to happen in June.
That's close enough that The Fredonia Hotel is accepting reservations from event planners.
The Fredonia Hotel may still look like it's a long way off from catering to its first guests, but general manager John McLaren says crews are now at "the pretty stage."
"So we're really doing some of the fit and finish work," McLaren said. "All the really, backbone, infrastructure is completed and done."
Attention turns to furniture deliveries, paints, carpet, and wall vinyls, which will reflect the mid-century modern look of 1955 when the hotel was built.
Recently, the property was doomed for closure. Richard DeWitt bought it and sunk millions into its restoration.
He's hired his son Bud as hotel manager.
Despite the whirl of construction activity, site visits are now underway.
"Different associations, forestry department, SFA athletics," DeWitt said. "There's a lot of people we've shown the space to just to kind of give them an idea. At the point right now, you definitely have to have the imagination and kind of listen to where our focus is going."
And they're sold. Event planners are signing up at least a year in advance.
"We have some for 2019 as well, so they get ahead of the ball and that's just something we want to go ahead and be able to do get those people lined out," DeWitt said.
Smaller groups, couples, and individuals wanting to just spend a night or two in the hotel will have to wait to make their reservations. That probably won't happen until May.
The DeWitts call the hotel refurbishing a gift to Nacogdoches. The responsibility can be overwhelming as the community anticipates the big reveal.
"There's definitely that stress, but at the same time, you know, since we're doing for the community, we're doing it for people to get some more memories," DeWitt said. "It definitely has some comforting side as well."
This summer, the doors will open. It's then when The Fredonia Hotel will need even more community support. The goal is to keep it up and running and let it be as good as it can be.
The best place to arrange a site visit or plan a banquet, convention or event is at The Fredonia Hotel website.