April 4, 2005 -- National Trust Historic Hotels of America announces the addition of six new members. This selection brings the program’s total membership to 219 hotels, representing 41 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
“ With histories dating back as far as the mid-1800s, these hotels showcase the diversity of America from the big cities of Boston and New York to rural communities and resort setting... ”
“Travelers today expect more from their lodging experiences,” said Thierry Roch, executive director of Historic Hotels of America. “With histories dating back as far as the mid-1800s, these hotels showcase the diversity of America from the big cities of Boston and New York to rural communities and resort settings. We are pleased to add these hotels of our collection.”
The new member hotels offer travelers a diversity of locales from the Northwoods of Minnesota, to the mountains of North Carolina. One showcases a religious community while another was in the midst of the fight to be admitted as a free state. One is the home of the literary round table and another is home of the Boston cream pie. Here’s a sampling of interesting facts highlighting the history of the hotels as well as personalities who have walked through the doors.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston is America’s longest continuously operating full-service hotel. Malcolm X was employed as a waiter at the Parker House and Ho Chi Minh worked in the hotel’s bakery during his time as a student at M.I.T.
In the 1920s, Dorothy Parker and her literary friends met regularly as the legendary round table at The Algonquin Hotel in New York.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Ky., is part of a living history museum that seeks to preserve and interpret the Shaker utopian vision of life. The sect was known as Shakers for the euphoric trembling that accompanied their worship; today visitors can see a demonstration of clapping, spinning and other displays of religious ecstasy during prayer. This shows the lively side of these otherwise plainspoken, pragmatic people. The National Historic Landmark is located on 2,900 acres of farmland and includes 34 original 19th-century buildings, of which 15 are lodging.
Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd, Minn., located three hours north of Minneapolis, is a popular Northwoods resort destination with dense pine forests and lakes with two and half miles of scenic shoreline.
From its inception as the Free State Hotel—showcasing the owners’ clear intention that Kansas should be admitted to the Union as a free state—the hotel was twice burn to the ground in the 1800s. Colonel Eldridge rebuilt the hotel in 1865. The modern Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence, Kan., was built in 1925.
Highlands, N.C., the hometown of the Old Edwards Inn and Spa, was founded in 1875 by two developers who reputedly took a map and drew two straight lines–one from New York to New Orleans and the second from Chicago to Savannah. They predicted the intersection would develop into a bustling metropolis. Instead, the area’s natural beauty became its hallmark.
A program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America is a membership-based marketing association. To qualify for membership, hotels must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance. Established in 1989 with 32 original hotel members, Historic Hotels of America recognizes and promotes these hotels for their historic integrity, architectural quality and outstanding preservation efforts made by owners and managers.
Representing more than 38,000 rooms, Historic Hotels of America ranks as the 14th largest hotel consortia in the world, according to Hotels magazine (July 2004).
A directory of member hotels can be purchased by sending a $4.00 check or money order to National Trust Historic Hotels of America, P.O. Box 320, Washington, D.C. 20055-0320. Rooms can be reserved by visiting www.historichotels.org, calling 800-678-8946, or a travel planner (GDS code ‘HE’). Reservations made through Historic Hotels of America support the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization of 200,000 members that provides leadership, education
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and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities. For more information, visit the National Trust’s Web site at www.nationaltrust.org.
NOTE: More detailed information about each hotel can be found online at www.historichotels.org. Photography of member hotels is available upon request.