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Pottstown in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Shuler House

 
 
The Shuler House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
1. The Shuler House Marker
Inscription.
Of the inns that were established in Pottstown in Colonial times that survived until Civil War days, The Farmer's Hotel (fondly remembered by local residents as The Shuler House) proved to be the most enduring. Built in the 1700's, the inn's original name is lost in history. In 1826, Joshua Missimer, a new owner, named it The Farmer's Hotel. It served as a stagecoach stop until 1842 when the railroad arrived.

William Shuler, Jr. purchased the inn in 1874 for $25,000, changed the name to The Shuler House, tore down the century-old rear structure on the west end and built a more substantial edifice. After his death his wife and son completed the renovations that gave it much of its latter day appearance.

In 1920, a new group of owners, The Shuler House Hotel & Garage Co. enlarged the eastern end for The Cafe Gladwyn and converted the stables in the back to a garage for the motor company. In 1942, Stanley Chaplin bought the hotel, put in a circular bar and basically gutted and remodeled the interior. Chaplin operated The Hotel Shuler until 1949 when the Govatos family purchased it. They were the owners until it closed on March 29, 1975, when the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority paid them $310,000 for the hotel. Efforts were made to prevent its demolition, but to no avail. The area remained a vacant lot until
The Shuler House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
2. The Shuler House Marker
Looking SE into the Smith Family Plaza.
the establishment of the Smith Family Plaza on this site.
—David R. Kerns
 
Erected 2002 by The Govatos Family and Pottstown 250th Anniversary Committee.
 
Location. 40° 14.745′ N, 75° 39.083′ W. Marker is in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on High Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in the Smith Family Plaza, about 300 feet north of the former Reading Railroad passenger station. Marker is in this post office area: Pottstown PA 19464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Security Trust Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Weitzenkorn's Clothiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Reading Passenger Station (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Clair Mansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Iron Bridge (about 400 feet away); The Pottstown News (about 400 feet away); The Elks Home (about 500 feet away); Freight Station - AAA East Penn (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Pottstown.
 
Additional comments.
1. Mary and Theodora Govatos
Mary and Theodora Govatos owned the Shuler House until March 1975 when it
The Shuler House, c.1920, Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
3. The Shuler House, c.1920, Photo on Marker
was sold and torn down. Aunt Mary and Aunt Teddy, (as we called her), took great pride in owning the hotel. Each room had a porcelain tub and sink with ivory handles for knobs, gray carpet, either light blue or white curtains, a sitting stool, chair, and a bed with a metal frame and a firm mattress. The sisters were known to give free coffee or hot chocolate to the police on duty while Nick, the chef, would prepare some of the finest Greek food you had ever tasted.

When we were young children, they allowed us to play throughout the hotel. As we grew older we were taught how to use the switch board, set tables, clean rooms and deliver to guests. I will always remember how above the tables hung a huge sword fish and the pink and blue lights that wrapped around the bar. The kitchen and the smell of food. The basement and all the hiding places it held. It was a sad day when the hotel had to be sold and torn down.
    — Submitted September 29, 2014, by Tracy A. Queen of Atlanta, Georgia.

 
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The Shuler House, c.1965, Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
4. The Shuler House, c.1965, Photo on Marker
Smith Family Plaza and Fountain image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
5. Smith Family Plaza and Fountain
About 75 feet SE of the Shuler House Marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,299 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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