Award-Winning Wedding Venue and Zagat Rated Restaurant in the heart of the Brandywine Valley Description In the late 1770’s, alongside a dusty road in Concord Township, there stood a tavern called the Concordville Inn. Inside the faint glow of candles … show more
Award-Winning Wedding Venue and Zagat Rated Restaurant in the heart of the Brandywine Valley Description In the late 1770’s, alongside a dusty road in Concord Township, there stood a tavern called the Concordville Inn. Inside the faint glow of candles and the warmth of an open hearth were welcome sights to travelers as they made their long journey between Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Legend has it that this Inn provided refuge to some of the more famous travelers of the day – from Revolutionary War heroes to statesmen as prominent as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.
Ownership of the Inn changed hands from time to time, passing from families named Way and Hannum to Taylor, Speakman, and Cloud. In 1869 owner James Cloud first called the Inn the Concordville Hotel, as did Frank H. Cloud in1872. And the 1885, new owners James Neeld and Jackson McFarlan faced opposition from the community that briefly threatened the Inn’s very existence.
According to historical account, in April 1883 “two lengthy petitions were presented to the court in protest of any hotel license in the said township, and especially against granting license for the sale of intoxicating liquors to James Neeld, of Concordville, or Jackson McFarlan of Elam, believing that such license and sale is fraught with results disastrous to the comfort, prosperity, and morality of the community.
And though the license was temporarily refused, “at the January Court, 1884, the license was restored to the Concordville Hotel.”
Today, Ye Old Concordville Inn remains one of the most popular and historic dining sites in Delaware County. Yet there have been a few changes at the Inn since the country’s founding fathers reportedly stopped here for lodging.
The highway outside the front door is no longer a dusty lane for horses and buggies, but a multi-lane highway known as Route One. Travel time between Baltimore and Philadelphia is no longer several days but several hours. And...