When traveling on vacation or a long weekend, you have lots of options, although there are basically two:
1. Fast and short route
2. Slow and long route
Often, when you are in route to a specific destination or event, you want to get there as fast as possible as to be on time. When returning, if you allow for it, you may take a slower and more scenic route.
Now, as an artist searching for reference material, Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. It is most colorful for sure. Yet, the back roads are filled with all sorts of objects of interest.
Over Memorial Day weekend, I traveled along the “Historic National Road” along a stretch in Pennsylvania adjacent the West Virginia border. I was planning a trip for later to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Waters and had an opportunity to survey the vicinity. I drove by Nemacolin, of course.
Nemacolin is featured as a “woodlands resort,” and emphasizes golf and spa amenities. If you want to spend $500 minimum for a room for two for a couple of days, this is a great spot. However, if you are on an artists budget there are a host of other alternatives in the area.
At any rate, Southwestern Pennsylvania is wonderful along the old “National Road” US Route 40.
My interest is in area history, and the State of Pennsylvania does a great job in caring for and preserving American history.
Selected for focus in this article is a specific inn and the neighborhood called “Scenery Hill.” It is an unincorporated community in North Bethlehem Township in Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States.
Now, if you want to take pictures of sheep and cows, for instance, you must pull off the road into a safe spot, which is not always easy because the road is hilly and windy.
What my wife and I discovered is the Century Inn that was established in 1794 and has been serving folks ever since. You can imagine wagoners stopping by here on their journey to the Northwest Territory. There are other spots along the National Road of similar historic standing, but this one is in full operation and is quite amazing. Check out the building and barn shots.
Across the street is another establishment that was billed as “entertainment” in the olden days. It is an old brothel named Zephanie Riggles, House of Entertainment.
You can lodge at the Century Inn or stay in one of several rooms in the brothel, each named for their original proprietors: Fannie O’Obrien, Kitty Gumbert, and Lilly Beckman. Similarly, the names of the rooms in the Century Inn are named for historic figures from the place and time.
See the slideshow for inspiration.
CENTURY INN 1794
PA BED & BREAKFAST
2175 East National Pike
Scenery Hill, PA 15360