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Monday, February 21, 2022

The Historic Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown

The Historic Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

The historic Warwick Hotel located on 12 West Main Street in Hummelstown got its start in the early 1800's and was known as the Cross Keys Hotel, and later, as the Mansion House Hotel, and Baum's Hotel, and in 1889 as the Grand Central Hotel. In 1927 it was known as the Central Hotel, and by 1945 as the Hotel Warwick. 

With the addition of the mansard roof prior to 1911, the three-story brick building became a fine example of the Second Empire style. Numerous additions to the rear and interior renovations were performed over the years. The Warwick is presently the only remaining hotel in Hummelstown. 

The Historic Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

You can learn all about the historic Hotels of Hummelstown by reading the historical marker located right beside the Arch and Town Clock. If you go back to the early 1900's there were two additional hotels nearby called the National Hotel (located on Railroad and 2nd Streets) and the Keystone Hotel (located on 40 East Main Street) all in the Hummelstown borough. 

Etched onto the marker are three old photographs of what each hotel looked like back in those days along with some historical information about each one. It's an interesting read and will only take about 5 minutes of your time.

The Historic Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

Hotels and taversn have a long standing presence in Hummelstown. For Hummelstown, a town along stagecoach routes and the Union Canal, railroads, and later, roads...the provision of facilities for travelers was an active business. The ONLY remaining building that is still used as a hotel today is the Warwick Hotel.  Plus, their on-site restaurant offers some of the best food in the area. 

At the very bottom of the plaque it states that the plaque was donated by J.D. Mathers, owner of the Warwick Hotel, in honor of Derien and Derek, 

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