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Old 09-19-2009, 09:24 PM
 
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Does anyone know the name of the old inn that was torn down across from triangle town center? I think it was right by 540 and kinda looked like a plantation house. Thanks!
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:25 PM
 
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Plantation Inn
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:28 PM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:24 AM
 
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It was called The Plantation, and in its day (1960s and 1970s, I think), it was one of the fancier places around. At that time, it was "WAYYY" out of town and Hwy 1 was pretty desolate much past where Millbrook Rd is now. I remember the place but never went there as I was quite young, however thanks to some web boards devoted to Raleigh natives, I realized that it was quite a "happening" place, where wedding receptions, fancy dinners, etc. were held. It was a common "Sunday dinner" kind of place, after church. I know that in the early 1970s, it is where IBM housed its relocating families until they found somewhere (at least, according to a couple of my classmates).
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:00 AM
 
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I remember as a kid loving to drive by that place, it was beautiful. I was always hoping someone would buy it up and turn it into a dinner theater. Seeing as the shopping center they built there is still half empty they probably should have left the hotel.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:41 PM
 
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Used to be owned by Bobby Murray, and in its latter days it was owned or run by someone else. Shame it couldn't remain as a hotel. In the 70's it was a well respected hotel. And, down the street was Charlie Brown's Supper Club as it was known at one time. It was off Gresham's Lake Rd and overlooked a pond, maybe that was Gresham's lake, I don't know. I think the club had other names, maybe other owners(?).
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:56 PM
 
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I was at a breakfast meeting there, about 1999-2000, and it was a historical artifact, with a great dining room.
"The Plantation Inn Resort" still shows up on Google searches.
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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Used to drive by it on the way to work every day in the late 90's. Went to a dinner dance there once.

It's a shame no one was interested in preserving it, or I guess, being a patron.
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:01 AM
 
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The Plantation Inn was quite the "in" place in the 70's. I remember having dinner there often in the late 70's and 80's. It probably served as my introduction to southern food and hospitality.
A friend had her wedding reception there a couple of weeks before it closed. It was certainly suffering from neglect at that point but was still a great piece of property. One of the casualties of progress.

Frank
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:46 PM
 
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In the mid 80's, my parents had friends who would come to Raleigh from time to time from Louisiana. Only due to the close proximity to our home, we booked them into the Plantation Inn. I clearly remember how they spoke of its "warmth and charm". Needless to say, every subsequent visit was booked there as well.
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