27 March 2015

On This Day: Hershbergers keep hotel in Christiana

Christiana will soon have new hotelkeepers, it was reported On This Day in 1880. J. Hope Hershberger and his wife would be moving to Christiana, Lancaster County, “in a few days” to keep hotel. The Hershbergers are currently the host and hostess of the Kennett Square hotel. 

About the Hershbergers
From 1867 to 1872, Hope held a tavern license for the White Horse Inn (White Horse Hotel) in Londonderry. He then held a tavern license for the Kennett Square Hotel, in Kennett Square (Chester County), from 1873 to 1879. 

By June 1880 they were in fact at the hotel in the then Village of Christiana in Sadsbury Township. He was 53 at that time. His wife was 42. Living with them was his six year old niece Bertha Cox, four borders and two servants. 

The 1870 Census shows Hope as being a farmer in Cochranville, Londonderry Township, Chester County. His wife, Vienna, keeps house. They have a domestic servant and a farm laborer living with them. 

Vienna passed away on 6 November 1891. Hope passed on 1 March 1893. They are buried together at the Upper Octorara Cemetery in Parkesburg, Chester County 

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  

Chester County Tavern Petitions, 1700 – 1923. http://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/4010  

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 27 March 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 

Year: 1880; Census Place: Sadsbury, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1143; Family History Film: 1255143; Page: 498C; Enumeration District: 174; Image: 0699 

Year: 1870; Census Place: Londonderry, Chester, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1323; Page: 336A; Image: 672; Family History Library Film: 552822 


On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.