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Hotels have rich history

April 29, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

The Boone Hotel, built a few years after Boonsboro was founded in 1792, was one of the first stone buildings built in the town.

"It dates back to between 1798 to 1805," said Doug Bast, local historian and owner of Bast Furniture in Boonsboro.

Initially known as the Eagle Hotel, it had a number of different names through the years.

The U.S. Hotel, which is on the opposite corner from the Boone Hotel, was built in 1813 as a private home, Bast said.

It later was used as a ladies' seminary, then a hotel.

During the Civil War, the U.S. Hotel was frequented by troops from both the Union and Confederate armies, Bast said.

"Confederate Col. S. Bassett French came to Boonsboro for a good meal and stopped at the U.S. Hotel," Bast said, referring to a seven-page letter the officer had written during the war.

Bast said the colonel reported in the letter that a homemade apple pie had just been brought to his table when someone yelled that Union soldiers were on the way.

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The colonel was hidden in the basement until they left and when he returned upstairs, his apple pie was gone - eaten by the enemy, the letter said.

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