The John Schaffer Tavern and Inn

The John Schaffer Tavern and Inn (HM282S)

Location: Duncannon, PA 17020 Perry County
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N 40° 27.254', W 76° 58.208'

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Also known by the names The Red House, The Evergreen Hotel and The Lodge House

—New Buffalo, Pennsylvania —

This imposing three story, twelve room structure was built in 1828 by businessman John Schaffer who housed his family and offered food and rest to Pennsylvania Canal construction workers and later canal boatmen and passengers. Travel conditions were austere in the mid-1800s.

According to Anna Liddick Dorman (1880-1961), the third floor provided lodging space for both sexes, separated only by a curtain in one large open room. As many as forty persons slept on the floor on straw "tick" mattresses.

Schaffer purchased his lot from developer Jacob Baughman who in 1814 laid out eighty-one lots in what became New Buffalo. The Schaffer House is one example of the dynamic economic development that occurred along the Susquehanna River as a result of the canal. Two boat yards and two other lodging facilities, constructed in the Canal era, folded with the final closing of the Canal by 1899.

From its beginning, the structure has served multi-purposes, often as a private residence, including the Henry and Lydia Thatcher family in the 1840s. One son, Henry C. Thatcher (1842-1886) served as the first Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. His brothers, John (1836-1913) and Mahlon (1839-1916), opened banks throughout Colorado and the West, and became the wealthiest persons in the state.

Over time the left

Top Photo
The John Schaffer House ca. 1900 with the four seat buggy to carry persons to the rail road station in Duncannon.
Bottom Photo
The House ca. 1920 with a motorized 'jittney'. The shutters have been removed in several windows. The dry goods store on the left is well identified.

side of the house has been a general store, post office and restaurant. From 1899 to 1947 Odd Fellows Lodge 628 owned the building and used it for their meetings while renting out part of the premises. Since 1948, the house has been a private residence. In 1957, Harold H. and Anna Dorman Halter purchased the house, which as of 2015, remains in the family.

The road frontage, Mill Street, part of the Susquehanna Trail, was the main north/south highway until 1951 when Route 11/15 was rerouted and constructed on top of the long closed Canal.
HM NumberHM282S
Placed ByPerry County Heritage Trail
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 332944 N 4480038
Decimal Degrees40.45423333, -76.97013333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 27.254', W 76° 58.208'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 27' 15.24" N, 76° 58' 12.48" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)717
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 33 Mill St, Duncannon PA 17020, US
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