Which hotel briefly served as President Eisenhower's national operations center?
If you chose Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, you chose correctly!
In 1797, James Scott built Scott’s Tavern on what is now Lincoln Square, Gettysburg’s historic town center. A former York County sheriff, William McClellan, acquired the tavern in 1809 and renamed it the Indian Queen. After 1846 it was called the McClellan House for its owners, the McClellan brothers. During the summer of 1863, the building witnessed one of the central events in American history as Union and Confederate troops swarmed over the small town of Gettysburg during a pivotal and bloody three-day battle. President Abraham Lincoln completed the stirring Gettysburg Address at the Wills House, just steps away from the hotel. In the 1890s, a new owner replaced the old structure with an imposing building that he christened The Gettysburg Hotel, and so it remained through most of the 20th century.
By the early 1900s, the hotel boasted electric lights, steam heat, hot and cold baths and a fine restaurant. It continued to play a key role in our nation’s history through the height of the Cold War, serving as President Dwight Eisenhower's national operations center while he recuperated from a heart attack at his nearby farm. After more than 165 years of a storied history, the hotel closed in 1964.Through the initiative of Gettysburg College, in cooperation with the Historic Architectural Review Board The Gettysburg Hotel was carefully restored. Re-opened in 1991, the grand building faithfully recaptures its historic past.
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