Officials at the historic Eola Hotel in Natchez, owned by Bob Dean of Baton Rouge, say the hotel has not been sold — despite what some callers to the hotel management might think.

Eola manager Ron Brumfield said he received calls from residents Friday asking if the hotel had been sold.

Brumfield said that the calls likely were prompted by the sight of employees moving items out of the hotel into a moving truck.

Brumfield said the items belong to Dean, who is moving some of his personal antiques to a different property.

Brumfield said the downtown hotel has been listed for sale for five years. But he said he was not aware of any current prospective buyers.

“The hotel has not been sold, and it’s not closing,” Brumfield said. “There are some items he wanted to move to a property somewhere else, and we’re going to do some work in a couple of areas where the stuff is being moved from.”

Glenn Green of Paul Green & Associates, who is handling the sale of the property, said there has been “some interest” in the property, but would not comment on a specific buyer or if a sale was being finalized.

In Natchez, Dean owns the hotel, the Natchez Eola Guest House and the Prentiss Club.

Dean restored the 131-room hotel to its original elegance after purchasing it in 1998.

The Eola has operated as a hotel under the same name since opening in 1927.