Woolverton Inn Inducted into Historic Hotels of America®

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The Woolverton Inn in Stockton, NJ, is pleased to announce it has been inducted into Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Woolverton Inn is one of more than 300 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance.

“Historic Hotels of America is delighted to induct The Woolverton Inn, a boutique hotel built in 1792,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Vice President of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We commend Woolverton Inn, Mary and Mario Passalacqua (owners), and the leadership team for their careful historic preservation work, stewardship and vision that will allow future generations of travelers to experience this unique historic destination.”  The Woolverton Inn has been a proud member of Select Registry for many years and has received TripAdvisor’s Traveler Choice Award for the last 3 years.  The inn was recently named one of the Top Ten B&Bs in the USA by Bed&Breakfast.com.

To be selected for membership in Historic Hotels of America, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance.

“We are delighted to join Historic Hotels of America. Many of our visitors are interested in the history of our property and the surrounding area. This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance our guests’ experience with resources and support available through this great organization that shares our values for preservation of our country’s precious historical assets and related stories,” said Mary Passalacqua, Owner and General Manager.

Woolverton Inn is rich in history and architectural integrity, dating back to the post-Revolutionary War era and the early days of commerce along the Delaware River. The original owner, John Prall Jr. served in the Revolutionary War, and subsequently purchased the farmland, on which he built the original two-story farmhouse which still exists intact today.

In the mid-1800s, the Woolverton Family purchased the site and completed significant renovations, transforming the building into its current form—a three-story grand Colonial Manor house with a lovely year-round veranda overlooking the great lawn. The Woolverton Family stayed for about 100 years, and then sold the property to Whitney North Seymour, a well-known New York trial lawyer who served during the Hoover Administration.  His family owned the home during the depression through the end of WWII. (Fun Fact: Julia and Paul Child were married on this property in 1946.)

The opening and future success of the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope brought well-known names to the area, including St. John Terrell, a master showman and local founder of the arts. Our property was his private residence during the 1950s and ’60s. Mr. Terrell was the founder of the Lambertville Music Circus and hosted many famous performers here during his tenure.

During the mid-1980s, the next owners began the process of transitioning their home into a historical New Jersey bed and breakfast. The original guests had to share bathrooms, and only continental breakfast was offered. The Manor House was updated during the 1990s, and four award-winning cottages were added in 2002. In 2008, the inn was featured in National Geographic Traveler, and has been consistently a proud member of Select Registry.

Today, the New Jersey inn is owned by Mary and Mario Passalacqua, who appreciate the Inn’s colorful history and have continued to make significant improvements each year. In 2021, they commissioned a major project to restore their historic Pennsylvania Bank Barn, which had stood idle on the property for almost a century. This sensitive restoration work will bring the barn “back to life,” and include multiple event spaces, catering facility, and a restaurant.

About Historic Hotels of America®

Historic Hotels of America® is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing, celebrating, and promoting the finest historic hotels in the United States of America. The National Trust for Historic Preservation was chartered by U.S. Congress in 1949 and is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is leading the movement to save places where our history happened. To be nominated and selected for membership in this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historical significance. Of the more than 300 historic hotels inducted into Historic Hotels of America from 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, all historic hotels faithfully preserve their sense of authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity. For more information, please visit HistoricHotels.org.

 

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