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Black Bass Inn
3774 River Road, Lumberville, PA 18933 || Phone: 215-297-5770
This inn was built in the mid-1700's, when this area was still a wilderness, as a safe
haven for travelers.This Inn does not boast that it put George Washington up for the night.
It was loyal to the Crown, and wouldn't let him in. It was a center for Loyalists during
the Revolution. In the early 1800's a group of men arrived in the area to build a canal.
The owner at that time, Hans, was stabbed to death in an altercation with these canal worker
s, and this is the source of one of the ghostly legends of the Black Bass. There is also a
rumour that The Empire Room on the second floor is haunted. Apparently, the staff do not
like to enter this room because of the uncomfortable feelings they get there.
Sadly the inn fell victim to repeated floods. This was compunded by repeated and extended road closures which made it difficult for anyone to get to the Inn.
Recently it was purchased at auction by someone who seems committed to preserving the history and continuing the hospitality of the inn.
Black Bass Hotel gets another chance
By: FREDA R. SAVANA (Wed, Mar/12/2008)
SOLEBURY - Long before the Revolutionary War, the Black Bass Hotel — perched along the Delaware River in the tiny village of Lumberville — was a flourishing inn and tavern.
But despite its enduring legacy, the 268-year-old restaurant has been closed for months, one of many riverside businesses devastated by a series of floods, followed by road closures that prevented customers from reaching their doors.
It seems, however, the Black Bass will get another chance.
On Monday, the hotel was sold to the highest bidder, Doylestown car dealer Jack Thompson, who laid down $830,000 for the building and all its contents, including the liquor license and an array of antique furnishings.
“We want to refurbish it and bring it up to standards,” said Thompson. “It's beautiful; it just needs to be taken care of.”
Thompson said he's not concerned about the unpredictable river swallowing up the hotel again. The foundation is very stable, he said, and has survived both time and water.
The new owner intends to begin the renovation project later this spring, once he settles on the property.
His first priority will be the five rustic dining rooms and the tavern bar, which already are in good condition.
The hotel's nine guest rooms, which Thompson said need “total renovation,” may come later.
A novice in the restaurant business, Thompson plans to hire someone to manage the business and said he's interested in rehiring the inn's former employees.
Eric Hopkins, past president of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the recently formed Dining on the Delaware, a committee designed to encourage people to patronize the restaurants that dot the Delaware, said he's pleased the hotel is going to someone who wants to keep it alive.
“I'm happy someone bought it who has the resources to bring it back,” he said.
The rebirth of the Black Bass may help revitalize the scenic area.
“It can refocus people's attention on the river ... where you can be rewarded with a unique dining experience by traveling a few extra miles.”
Without help, the area risks losing a vital part of its history and culture, Hopkins said, citing a list of businesses that have closed, including the Mountainside Inn, the Lumberville General Store and the Cuttalossa Inn.
Doug Clemens, the chief executive officer with Traiman Real Estate Auction Co., which conducted the sale, said former owner Michael Reichert told him his decision to sell included his desire to pursue a career where he can use his commercial pilot's license.
Staff writer Lindsay Redding contributed to this report. Freda R. Savana can be reached at 215-345-3061 or fsavana@phillyBurbs.com.
For more information on the progress of the renovations and for more on the inn's history, please visit:The Black Bass Hotel Website