Hummelstown in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
— The Keystone House —
This historic landmark, built in 1839 by George Fox as a two and hone half story, three bay Federal Style building, continued to grow as did the community and the business at the Keystone. By the 1830's this community had become an important part of the central Pennsylvania transportation system. This location proved to be a convenient stop for travelers utilizing the Harrisburg-Reading Turnpike, the Horse-Shoe Pike and the Union Canal. Workers from the nearby Brownstone Quarry and the Keystone's excellent livery facilities both aided in creating the demand to double the size of the hotel by the Civil War era.
In the late nineteenth century this was the site of the town polling place. One of the town's first telephones was placed in the hotel in 1901, and Hummelstown's first radio was also located in the Keystone.
After being placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, extensive interior alterations in addition to exterior restoration enabled
placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Communications • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
Location. 40° 15.931′ N, 76° 42.37′ W. Marker is in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on East Main Street west of North Water Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 East Main Street, Hummelstown PA 17036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. William Henderson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hummelstown Brownstone Quarries (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fountain (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hummelstown (about 400 feet away); On The Square (about 400 feet away); The Developing Years (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Hummelstown (about 400 feet away); Then And Now (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hummelstown.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 123 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.