A Virginia contractor will begin salvaging historically significant pieces of the old Wonderland Hotel next week.
The wood frame, two-story hotel collapsed in 2005 as discussion continued about what to do with the buildings of the Elkmont area within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The National Park Services says Moran Construction has a 65-thousand-dollar contract to separate out historic articles, such as doors, windows, bathtubs and other artifacts for historic preservation.
The work will be done by hand to try to preserve the artifacts. It’s all scheduled for completion by December eighth. The area around the hotel will be closed to visitors, but the work won’t affect camping at the nearby Elkmont Campground. The hotel and several cottages in the area were once a private summer retreat.