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One Square Mile Burrillville: The Western Hotel, Witness to History?

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In early 1860, Abraham Lincoln came to Rhode Island gathering support for his presidential campaign. He stopped in Providence and Woonsocket. and there...


RIPR's Chuck Hinman investigates the Western Hotel in Nasonville, with owner Al Mottola.

In early 1860, Abraham Lincoln came to Rhode Island gathering support for his presidential campaign. He stopped in Providence and Woonsocket. and there's a rumor that he also visited Burrillville's Western Hotel, a popular stagecoach stop on the Douglas Turnpike. For the final installment in our series One Square Mile: Burrillville, Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman takes us to the Western Hotel, in the village of Nasonville, in the town's southeast corner. It turns out, this hotel has some interesting history, both real and imagined.  

Al Mottola, owner, Western Hotel


Bar, Western Hotel


The Hall, Western Hotel


The Hall, stage wall, Western Hotel


The Hall, fireplace, Western Hotel


The Hall, in front of fireplace, year unknown


Western Hotel bottle, McManus & Meade


Hotel window


Hotel window


Western Hotel aerial view, 1950's


Western Hotel bottle, McManus & Meade
Western Hotel bottle, McManus & Meade
Bar, Western Hotel
Bar, Western Hotel
The Hall, fireplace, Western Hotel
The Hall, fireplace, Western Hotel
Al Mottola, owner, Western Hotel
Al Mottola, owner, Western Hotel
Hotel window
Hotel window
The Hall, stage wall, Western Hotel
The Hall, stage wall, Western Hotel
The Hall, in front of fireplace, year unknown
The Hall, in front of fireplace, year unknown
Hotel window
Hotel window
Western Hotel, Douglas Turnpike, Nasonville
Western Hotel, Douglas Turnpike, Nasonville
Western Hotel aerial view, 1950's
Western Hotel aerial view, 1950's
The Hall, Western Hotel
The Hall, Western Hotel