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Historical hotels, people and things in hospitality

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.

The Willard Hotel, D.C.

The National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior describe the history of the Willard Hotel as follows:

The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia

Tobacco baron Lewis Ginter began building the hotel in 1892 and opened it in 1895. Designed by Carrère and Hastings, the same architecture firm that designed the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, the Ponce de Leon Hotel (St. Augustine), Flagler's Whitehall Mansion (Palm Beach), the House and Senate Office Buildings (Washington, D.C.) and many more.

Balsams Grand Resort Hotel

The Balsams first opened just after the Civil War as the Dix House, a rustic 25-room summer inn established by local innkeeper George Parsons. The original inn honored the name of the town's founding father and first landowner, Colonel Timothy Dix.

The Sagamore Hotel

More than 132 years ago, hotel operator Myron O. Brown, manager of the Mohican House Hotel in Bolton Landing, convinced four millionaires, who were summer residents on Lake George, New York, to build an exclusive resort community. Together they bought Green Island and opened the Sagamore Hotel in 1883 with luxurious accommodations.

The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate is a large private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Châteauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately-owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space and 135,280 square feet of living area.

The Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn is one of the country's most celebrated resorts located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina.

Stanley Turkel Named Hotel Historian of 2015

WASHINGTON, DC—Stanley Turkel received the Historian of the Year Award for 2015 from the Historic Hotels of America on October 9, 2015 at the West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) at French Lick Resort in West Baden Springs, Indiana.