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Interesting Facts For the Twelve Hotels Added to
National Trust Historic Hotels of America

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 1, 2007 – National Trust Historic Hotels of America announces the addition of 12 new members. This selection brings the program’s total membership to 212 hotels, representing 39 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

“This collection of 12 hotels represents a variety of American travel experiences,” said Thierry Roch, executive director of National Trust Historic Hotels of America, “from the wild west in California to the serene coast of Maine and in big cities and small towns. We are delighted to add these hotels to Historic Hotels of America.” 

Here’s a sampling of interesting facts highlighting the history and architecture of the hotels as well as personalities who have walked through the doors.

The Golden Gate Saloon at The Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, Calif., dates to the 1850s and is reputedly the oldest continually operating saloon west of the Mississippi. (Located 2 ½ hours northeast of San Francisco; 28 rooms; rates from $100) 

Built in 1926, The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach, Fla., was immediately adopted by the Palm Beach elite including Marjorie Merriweather Post, Charles Munn and Ambassador Stanton Griffis. The hotel’s layout and lack of a grand lobby made it convenient for prominent guests to slip in and out without attracting attention. (Located in the residential area of Palm Beach; 78 rooms and suites; from $199) 

Author and naturalist Rachel Carson was a frequent visitor to the Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport, Maine, drawing inspiration from its natural beauty and requested her ashes be scattered at the inn upon her death. (Located on the southern tip of Southport Island, approximately one and a half hours from Portland, Maine, and three hours from Boston; 30 rooms, suites and cottages; rates from $135) 

The Jefferson Clinton Hotel in Syracuse, N.Y., has hosted famous personalities through the years including B.B. King and The Supremes. (Located in the Armory Square district of downtown Syracuse; 60 suites and eight European rooms; rates from $169) 

The original glass windows of the Crystal Ballroom at the Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford Springs, Pa., have been etched by the diamond rings of brides married at the resort, some dating back to the mid-19th century. (Located a three hour drive from Washington, D.C.; 216 rooms; rates from $175) 

The Blanche Nevin meeting room at the Lancaster Arts Hotel in Lancaster, Pa., is named for America’s first recognized woman sculptor. This restored tobacco warehouse features original local art for purchase in every guest room. (Located in downtown Lancaster, 10 minutes from Pennsylvania Dutch country; 63 rooms and suites; rates from $159) 
The Hotel Fauchère, Milford, Pa., houses a collection of Hudson River School paintings. Following a meticulous renovation, the hotel reopened in 2006. (Located in the Delaware River Highlands, 75 miles from Manhattan; 16 rooms; rates from $275) 

The Italianate-style Independence Park Hotel in Philadelphia was designed in the mid-1800s by local architect Joseph Hoxie who was best known for his work on the city’s churches. (Located in the heart of Old City Philadelphia; 36 guest rooms; rates from $149) 

Built in 1924 as the Melrose Court Apartments and today known as the Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas, the hotel has hosted an array of celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Sheen and playwright Arthur Miller. (Located in the Upper Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek neighborhoods; 184 rooms and suites; $174) 

The Tazewell Hotel & Suites in Norfolk, Va., is named in honor of Littleton Walter Tazewell, a prominent local attorney and governor of Virginia whose stately home stood on the site until 1901. (Located in the historic district of downtown Norfolk; 58 rooms and suites; rates from $109) 

The Hawthorn Hotel & Suites at the Governor Dinwiddie in Portsmouth, Va., is named for Robert Dinwiddie, the lieutenant governor of Virginia who made George Washington a lieutenant colonel and led the colony during the years that preceded the French and Indian War. (Located in the Olde Towne historic and business districts of Portsmouth; 60 rooms and suites; rates from $109) 

Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Va., opened in 1939 as one of the two original hotels envisioned by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The Lodge joins the Williamsburg Inn and the Colonial Houses-Historic Lodging which are already members of Historic Hotels of America. (Located adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s historic area, one hour from Richmond; 323 rooms and suites; rates from $129) 


Newagen Seaside Inn
60 Newagen Colony Road
Southport, Maine

 Williamsburg Lodge
310 S. England St.
Williamsburg, Virginia
Representing nearly 36,000 rooms, Historic Hotels of America ranks as the 14th largest hotel consortia in the world, according to Hotels magazine (July 2007). 

Historic Hotels of America is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Historic Hotels of America has identified more than 200 hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. To be selected for this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance. A directory of member hotels can be purchased for $4.00 by sending a check to National Trust Historic Hotels of America, P.O. Box 320, Washington, D.C. 20055-0320. Rooms at any of the member hotels can be reserved by calling 800-678-8946 or at Reservations made through Historic Hotels of America support the National Trust, a non-profit organization of 200,000 members that provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities. Historic Hotels of America is aligned with Historic Hotels of Europe, a federation of 16 European hotel associations in 16 countries, and with Historic Hotels of Mexico, an association of hotels and restaurants located in buildings of historical significance including haciendas, palaces, monasteries, convents, fortresses, country estates and more. 


National Trust for Historic Preservation

Also See: National Trust Historic Hotels of America® Adds Six New Members; Includes The Jumeirah Essex House and Tubac Golf Resort Once Owned by Bing Crosby / April 2007


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