Roadside Mississippi: Glenburnie Motor Hotel, Woodville

Other than MissPres posts, a house renovation, and walking the dogs, my night-time project for the last year or so has involved going back through my digital photo library and geo-tagging each of the photos, including my scanned postcards. It’s tedious, but a good way to locate long-gone buildings on a current map and maybe reinterpret familiar Mississippi scenes based on historic images. Geo-tagging old postcards also gives me an occasional surprise, as it did when I was searching Google maps south of Woodville for where Glenburnie Motor Hotel used to be and realized that the building is still there and now operates as the Magnolia Inn. It lost its little white-columned Colonial Revival pediments marking each room entrance, probably at the same time it got the full-length covered porch on pipe columns (c.1960?), but it still sports its main entrance gabled porch to help us identify it.

I have hundreds of postcards of similar little motor hotels from the 1930s through the 1960s, located on Mississippi highways and usually owned and operated by a husband-wife team. But the vast majority have disappeared from the landscape as travelers have steered toward the known name brand chains. Congrats to Glenburnie/Magnolia for surviving into a new century!

GLENBURNIE MOTOR HOTEL located one mile south of Woodville, Mississippi, on U.S. Highway 61-65. Completely air-conditioned, every room with private bath. Ansco Color by Woody Ogden.

GLENBURNIE MOTOR HOTEL located one mile south of Woodville, Mississippi, on U.S. Highway 61-65. Completely air-conditioned, every room with private bath. Ansco Color by Woody Ogden.



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  1. Dr. Mr. E. L. Thank you for your continued and devoted labors in bringing us news, photos, stories and updates on our beautiful Mississippi! It is wonderful that this motel has been cared for and is still in use. The original building is so pretty with pediments & columns at each entrance. I hope the owners keep it clean and updated and don’t need for Anthony Melchiorri to visit them :)

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  2. I think the boarded up building on the right is what is left of the restaurant.

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  3. Woodville is an undiscovered gem. Not only for its architecture, but also for the people. Thanks for this tidbit, E. L.

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