Bethlehem in Grafton County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
Site of Sinclair Hotel
In 1857, John Sinclair a N.H. politician built a small, but well kept 8-10 room tavern and inn. In succeeding years, it was enlarged and enlarged again to a capacity of 350 guests. It was the second largest hotel in the area and boasted a huge porch that stretched the length of the hotel. U.S. Grant stayed at the Sinclair in 1869. The hotel burned down in 1978.
Erected by Bethlehem Redevelopment Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Location. 44° 16.806′ N, 71° 41.278′ W. Marker is in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, in Grafton County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 302) and Agassiz Street (New Hampshire Route 142), on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Marker is located in the vacant lot at this intersection, under a town sign and near a gazebo. Marker is overlooking the site of the former Sinclair Hotel. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bethlehem NH 03574, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town Building (about 300 feet away, measured in Sinclair Lodge (about 400 feet away); Jodo Karate (about 500 feet away); Angel of the Mountains (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fanny’s Little Playhouse (approx. 2.3 miles away); Frances Glessner Lee (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pierce Bridge (approx. 2.9 miles away); Alderbrook (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethlehem.
More about this marker. Marker is weathered and somewhat difficult to read.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Sinclair Hotel
Also see . . .
1. Sinclair House. White Mountain History website entry:
(This link presents historic pictures of the Sinclair Hotel, as well as the full story and other information.)
One of the largest Grand Hotels in Bethlehem was the Sinclair House. John H. Sinclair, who recognized the possibility of boarding business’s for summer visitors, built it in 1857 and ran it until he sold it in 1870. Many guests came to the hotel to enjoy the clean air. Bethlehem had acquired the reputation of being a haven for those suffering from asthma and hay fever. Guests could spend their days sitting on the large porch surrounding the front of the hotel, men reading newspapers and women sewing and talking to friends (Submitted on April 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Sinclair Hotel. Bethlehem Heritage Society website entry:
During (Submitted on April 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4. submitted on April 17, 2018. 5. submitted on April 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 6, 7. submitted on April 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.