The Historic Hotels of America recognized the Penn Wells Hotel for best practice in historic displays at the general session of the Historic Hotels of America Annual Meeting at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina. In 2019, the 150th year since its construction by A.P. Cone in 1869, the Penn Wells added new historic display space adjacent to the Hotel front desk with items including Leonard Harrison’s original share certificate for the Wellsboro Hotel Company, the inaugural Laurel Festival program from 1936, and numerous vintage ornaments, postcards, and menus, among other items.
The Historic Hotels of America recognition also highlighted the extensive collection of historic photos displayed in the Hotel dining room and the Hotel’s vintage glass ornament American flag, which adorns one lobby wall.
The Hotel’s 150-year anniversary was also noted during the conference’s general session recognizing significant milestones. Following the recognition of these milestone anniversaries and best practices, Historic Hotels of America Executive Director Larry Horwitz announced the 2020 Annual Conference site, the American Club, located in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Historic Hotels of America® is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Penn Wells Hotel is one of more than 300 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance. To be selected for membership in Historic Hotels of America, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance.