Family History says that Bernard O'Neal built a Hotel in Chaneyville.
Endnote.) In 2002 cousins Kenneth O'Neal, Bev Crowe and Dorothy & I
went to find the Hotel. As we approached the old hotel we
noticed that there was a family living in it and they were having a
sale. Never one to be bashful I jumped out of my truck and walked up to
the lady of the house and explained to her the purpose of the convoy of
vehicles that had just pulled into her driveway. I explained that we
members of the O'Neal Genealogy Association and we were on expedition
searching out the haunts of our ancestors. I told her that my Great x 3
Grandfather's Brother had built this hotel in 1850 and asked if she
mind, since we had traveled so far, if we took a couple of photos. She
replied that if it was her ancestors house she would not be happy to
take a couple of pictures, that she'd want to look inside, too. And
she asked if we'd like to come inside and look around. I thanked her
I could barely contain my excitement as I rushed back to the driveway
tell the others the good news. We all began grabbing our gear up and
into the cabin. None of us were prepared, however, for the treat that
The original "Bar Room" of the Inn was still intact with a large oak bar spanning almost the entire length of the Bar Room. The Bar Room itself was incredible. It had to be a commodious 20 x 20 ft. square. (I still haven't figured out how they got such a large room into such a small cabin.) But the real treat, what astonished us most of all were the photos. Almost every inch of wall space in the Bar Room was filled with old photos. There were photos of old Chaneyville residents, homes, maps, you name it. We found a photo of Edward O'Neal's old household. It's gone now, but the family gave us directions to the site and told us that Edward's barn was still standing. By this time the residents had to think we were crazy. We were running around, babbling with excitement like little kids in a candy store, and all the while snapping photos like there was no tomorrow.
fire companies answered the alarm Sunday evening but were unable to
save what was apparently the oldest building in Chaneysville. The log
hotel was built in 1837, according to current owners Roger and Leila
Trail. One person was living in a part of the hotel when the fire broke
out; he escaped safely.