22 July 2015

On This Day: Hotel burns

The Southern End hotel, known as Drumore Centre, has burned. The origin of the fire, which occurred approximately 6 p.m. on the 21st July 1880, was unknown. Neighbors were able to save the contents of the house and protect the surrounding buildings. 

The license for the hotel was still in court pending. The title of the property is held by the son of the late Henry Eckman. The son (unnamed in the article) and his mother, Henry’s widow, lived there for years. A Mr. Sanders McCullough from nearby Oxford held a lien on the property. The lien is assumed (by the article) to be greater than the insurance. The hotel was insured by the Southern Mutual of Lancaster County for $2,000. 

The hotel is described as a two story frame structure. It was located at the Lancaster and Port Deposit Road crossroads. It was located near the Washington Lodge A.Y.M. 


Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 22 July 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  


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