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Historical hotels, people and things in hospitality

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa of Whitefield, New Hampshire

One of America's great resort hotels, the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa had its origin in the post-Civil War period.

On a rainy night in 1865 a group of travelers en route to Montreal was stranded when their stagecoach overturned in Whitefield, New Hampshire.

The Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown, New York

This magnificent Federal-style structure with an imposing front portico supported by massive 30-foot columns occupies 700 feet of lakefront on the southern shore of Lake Otsego. The Otesaga Resort Hotel was named for the Iroquois word for "A Place of Meetings" when it was built in 1909.

New Orleans’ Hotel Monteleone

The oldest hotel in the French Quarter is the Hotel Monteleone, with its ornate baroque facade, which was built in 1886 in the Beaux-Arts architectural style. It remains one of the few longstanding family-owned hotels in the United States.

The Island House Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan

From its beginning over 150 years ago as a waterfront beach house to the family-restored hotel it is today, the Island House has opened its doors to over a million tourists from around the world. With its handsome Victorian structure and family-owned intimacy, Mackinac Island's oldest hotel is a tradition not be missed.

The Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown, Massachusetts

The Harbor View Hotel opened in 1891 overlooking Martha's Vineyard's Edgartown Lighthouse, Edgartown Harbor and Chappaquiddick Island.

The Chalfonte Hotel (1876), Cape May, New Jersey

The Chalfonte Hotel, built in 1876 by Civil War Union Army Colonel Henry Sawyer, was originally planned as a boarding house. Sawyer came to Cape May in 1848 and when the Civil War began, enlisted in the 25thPennsylvania Volunteer Infantry where he served for three months.

Chatwal New York Hotel

Before becoming The Chatwal New York and The Lambs Club Restaurant and Bar, this iconic Stanford White-designed building was the epicenter of American theater for the 20th century. The building originally opened in 1905 as home to the prestigious Lambs Club, America's first professional theatrical club.

Ocean House (1868), Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Well-known for its warm yellow facade and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean House opened in 1868 just after the Civil War.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa at Highlands, North Carolina

The Old Edwards Inn, Highland's earliest boarding house was built in 1878 by John Norton and known as the Central House. Norton combined four lots and constructed a two-and-a-half story frame structure with a gabled roof and a two-level front porch. The town of Highlands was founded in 1875 by Kansas developers who drew two lines on a map, one from Chicago to Savannah, the other from New York City to New Orleans, believing that the intersection would be good for trade.

10 American Hotels in Intriguing Non-Hotel Buildings from a Bygone Era

From the former O’Connor glass-cutting factory in the Poconos Mountains, to a long-ago two-story warehouse built in the Napa Valley in the 1880s, the former Union station in Nashville, former military installations and more, these 10 iconic hotels afford their guests an up-close appreciation of days and buildings from the distant past.