Giant Dedeaux Rocking Chair Refurbished
Project Part of Hampton Hotel Chain "Save-a Landmark" Initiative
Bruce W. Smith - Special to GCN
Hampton Hotel employee volunteers pitch in as holiday “elves” on Mon., Dec. 17, 2007 to refurbish the “World’s Largest Rocking Chair” in Gulfport, Mississippi.
The colossal chair, located on Canal Road at the
Dedeaux Clan Furniture Factory, was damaged in Hurricane Katrina and is
the thirty-fifth roadside attraction to be restored as part of
The giant rocking chair has long marveled Coast residents and visitors who stumble upon the site when traveling on Canal Road west of U.S. 49 in Gulfport.
Hampton has over 1,300 inns located across the U.S., Canada and Latin America. The Save-a-Landmark program is seen by the company as a way to preserve the interesting sites that people have established around the country. The work at the rocking chair site includes painting the giant chair and some landscaping around it to better present the landmark to visitors.
The following are some additional photos of the work.