1914 Mansion House Advertisement

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, April 11, 1914:  Nothing much doing.

Source: Watsontown Star and Record (April 3, 1914)
Source: Watsontown Star and Record (April 3, 1914)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

The previous day Grandma went to shopping in nearby Watsontown. Did she walk past the Mansion House? It’s still around—though it’s morphed over the years from being a “modern” hotel to being a bar and grill.

Recent picture of Mansion House Bar and Grill


27 thoughts on “1914 Mansion House Advertisement

    1. No, I’ve never been inside. I guess that it just never was a popular spot for my friends to go. Next time I’m in Watsontown, I should eat there. It would be interesting to see what the interior looked like.

  1. Isn’t it wonderful how some old buildings remain to remind us of why and how they were first there? I can just imagine the people who wandered in and out back then, and hope that 100 years from now someone else will imagine the same thing about 2014 visitors.

    1. It would be awesome if the building was still around in another hundred years. I actually think that the exterior of the Mansion House is in better shape now than when I was a child, so maybe there is hope. :)

    1. This “water in ever room” feature makes me wonder if every room had a bathroom–or if it was just a sink (with the bathroom somewhere down the hall).

    1. It does sound like it was nice back then–though there was also at least one other hotel (Watson Inn) in Watsontown a hundred years ago, and maybe the Mansion House Hotel needed to keep up with its competitor. The Watson Inn also still exists, and this is what its website says about its history:

      Originally named the Cooner Hotel, the Watson Inn was built in 1857. At that time, a livery stable was located behind the hotel, and horseback riders would race from the hotel down Main Street through Watsontown. The turn of the century brought many improvements to the hotel with the addition of electric lights, steam heat, and other “modern” conveniences.


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