Partridge Inn gala to celebrate 100 years

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It started as a two-story house for a prominent Augusta family more than a century ago.

When a New York hotelier took over the property in the 19th century, it became a modest boarding house for his Northern visitors.

Two years later, Morris Partridge began expanding his building, adding elaborate renovations and 60 rooms for his grand opening of The Partridge Inn on Jan. 8, 1910.

Today the inn boasts 144 rooms amid the Southern verandahs, columns and magnolia trees.

With decades of progression in mind, The Partridge Inn will celebrate its 100-year anniversary with a gala at 7 p.m. Oct. 23.

The party, called "Through the Decades," will be a gathering that includes hors d'oeuvres, drinks and dancing, according to a news release.

There will also be an auction to benefit Augusta Museum of History.

Tickets to the event cost $30 each, and proceeds will be donated to the museum.

A live band will play music from all the decades of the hotel's existence, from swing and disco to rock and pop.

A special room rate of $99 will be offered to guests who stay the night in honor of the anniversary.

To celebrate its 100 years, the inn's staff has also created a time capsule that will be on display through the end of the year.

Photos, radio productions and news articles are packed in the capsule, which will be sealed at the close of 2010.

Those interested in purchasing tickets should call (706) 396-2610, e-mail Kelly Johnson at kjohnson@partridgeinn.com or visit www.partridgeinn.com.


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