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Springfield's original Bed and Breakfast

The Pennsylvania House Museum



In 1839 David Snively built The Pennsylvania House at the junction of The National Road and Dayton-Springfield Pike, in Springfield Ohio. The three-story brick Federal style inn and tavern served travelers during the short-lived coach and wagon era. The National Road was one of the main trails of westward-bound pioneers, and the Dayton-Springfield Pike was used to move goods to Cincinnati via Dayton for water shipping down to New Orleans.

Travelers from both highways found shelter at The Pennsylvania House. It was an important stopover for livestock drovers and pioneers traveling by foot, on horseback, or in Conestoga wagons. Known as one of the finest inns constructed along the National Road it is one of only a few in our nation's history that has endured. Some of the famous people who stayed at the inn during its heyday include Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay and Thomas Corwin.

The Pennsylvania House is now owned and maintained by The Lagonda Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who saved it from demolition in 1939. In the early 1940ís their restoration was complete and The Pennsylvania House was opened as a museum. In 2007 a complete restoration both inside and out was completed preserving The Pennsylvania House for future generations.

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