The Brunnerville Hotel Has Been Serving Customers for Over 150 Years. History Has It that The Tavern Was First Opened in 1861 by A Mr. A.M. Bruckhart. Back Then, the Tiny Village Just North of Downtown Lititz Was Starting to Take Shape, with People Moving to The Area to Seek Jobs and Eventually Raise a Family.
When the Business Went up For Sale on 1886, It Boasted a Two-Story Brick Building and Kitchen, Various Fruit Trees, a Frame Summer House and Stable, Sheds, Ice House, and Other Small Outbuildings on The Premises, All Spread out Over One Acre. Doubling as An Early Community Space, the Hotel Served for Many Years as A Area Where Taxes Could Be Paid, Votes Could Be Cast and Tallied, and Political Gatherings Could Take Place. as Late as 1938, the “b-Ville” Was the Location of A Grand Republican Rally, Where Local Dignitaries Made Several Speeches to A Capacity Crowd.
As the Years Rolled On, the Hotel Changed Ownership a Number of Times, Being Operated by Frank Carpenter in 1878; John Coldren in 1890; H.Z. Enck in 1894; and Thomas Eitner in 1908. by 1916, the Business Was in The Hands of Levi Gockley. After His Death in 1920, It Was Sold to Roy Hoffer, Who Kept the Establishment Going During Prohibition by Renaming the Business the Brunnerville Restaurant.
Frank Bentz Would Be the Owner by 1928 and It Sold One Year Later. the Hotel Would Change Hands Several Times Again, with 1932 Seeing Adam Sharp Purchasing the Property for $4,000. Through the Years, the Brunnerville Hotel Has Remained a Welcoming, Historic Destination, Where Friends and Casual Patrons Alike Meet to Relax, Enjoy Great Food and Drink, and Take in The Atmosphere. This Same Principle of Friendly Service to Visitors from All Walks of Life Hasn’t Changed Much in Over 150 Years, and Is a True Testament to Our Love and Fascination with Historic Taverns.
Written by Cory Van Brookhoven