Hill's Tavern

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Hill's Tavern
Hills Tavern.jpg
Hill's Tavern is located in Pennsylvania
Hill's Tavern
Location U.S. 40, Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°5′8″N 80°4′11″W / 40.08556°N 80.06972°W / 40.08556; -80.06972Coordinates: 40°5′8″N 80°4′11″W / 40.08556°N 80.06972°W / 40.08556; -80.06972
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1794
Architectural style Greek Revival, Italianate, Georgian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74001811[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 19, 1974
Designated PHMC June 1952[2]
Logo for the Century Inn, the modern incarnation of Hill's Tavern.

Hill's Tavern is a historic building in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania. For a period in the early 1900s, the inn was known as Central Hotel.[3] Now called the Century Inn, it is the oldest tavern in continuous use on the National Road.[3][4] The overnight facilities can accommodate 23 overnight guests and the dining room can seat up to 140 guests.[4] The outdoor gazebo offers additional seating during the warmer months.[4] It hosted two American Presidents, Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk, the Marquis de LaFayette, Henry Clay, and Mexican General Santa Anna.[4]

The tavern was built by Stephen and Thomas Hill, the founders of Hillsborough (now Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania).[3] The tavern was opened by Stephen Hill in 1794 and served as an important stop along the National Road.[2]

The two and a half-story tavern was built with dressed stone in the Post Colonial vernacular with Georgian influences.[3] Later modifications added Greek Revival and Italianate components.[3] The full five-bay covered porch uses rounded columns.[3] There is a long stone rear wing that houses the original kitchen, completed with a large craned cooking fireplace.[3]

In 1952, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission installed a historical marker noting the historic importance of the tavern.[2] It is designated as a historic public landmark by the Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hill's Tavern - PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Hill's Tavern". Landmark Registry - Public Landmark. Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Century Inn". Retrieved December 9, 2013. 

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