By Beth Scherer
of the Lower Pottsgrove Historical Society,
for The Sanatoga Post
SANATOGA PA – School is out, it’s summer, and that means it’s vacation time! Maybe you’ll pack up the SUV and head down to the shore, or up to the Poconos. In today’s economy, maybe you’ll just enjoy a “stay-cation” in Lower Pottsgrove with some out-of-town visitors. Did you know that, in years past, those hot-weather guests could of chosen lodging in one of at least four hotels here in the township?
They might have found a room at:
- The Crooked Hill Tavern, later known as The Sanatoga Inn, and then Cutillo’s Restaurant. It was opened in about 1770 by the Bosserts. It was a favorite stopping place for large six-horse and mule teams on the route from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.
- The Ringing Hill Hotel. It was located on what is now called Orlando Road, but was known then as “Swamp Road.”During the late 1800s it was described as a “good specimen of the country tavern.”
- The Pleasant View Hotel. Located on the northwest corner of East High Street and Pleasant View Road, where the former Rite Aid Pharmacy now stands, it was a private residence up until the late 1800s. That’s when David Ganger opened it as a hotel. It became a regular meeting place for the Lower Pottsgrove School Board. This building also housed the former Sanatoga post office during its final years before being torn down. Postal services today are offered across the street and a bit west down the block, at the Sanatoga Thriftway supermarket.
- The Long View Hotel. This last area hotel sat at the bottom of Sanatoga Park. A resort facility, it was owned by Civil War heroine and Sanatoga resident Annie Wittenmyer, and usually was filled to capacity during summer months. Fire destroyed it in 1905.
Editor’s note: The Lower Pottsgrove Historical Society was formed in 1985 to share the heritage of Lower Pottsgrove Township with its residents. It meets on the second Wednesday of every month at its museum and offices in the former Sanatoga Chapel, 2341 E. High St., Sanatoga PA. Author and society member Beth Scherer writes about Lower Pottsgrove history monthly for The Post.
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Photos from the Historical Society