By Lauren Lipton

WAYNE, Pa. (CBS) — On the National Register of Historic Places, the Wayne Hotel, in Wayne, Pa.,  is now a modern, newly restored hotel with a long history.

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(File photo by Smallbones)

(File photo by Smallbones)


“The Wayne Hotel was built because it was one of the few transient hotels between Philadelphia and Lancaster,” says David Brennan, general manager of the Wayne Hotel (top photo).  “Also, Wayne became part of the elite social set’s stops around the country, and many wealthy Philadelphians built grand estates out here to escape the summer heat — because it was about ten degrees cooler in the suburbs, and that was a big difference when there was no air conditioning.”


(Guests gather in the fashionable lobby of the Wayne Hotel.  Photo by Lauren Lipton)

(Guests gather in the fashionable lobby of the Wayne Hotel. Photo by Lauren Lipton)


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Now, Brennan says, the hotel plays host to people from around the world.

“We’ve accomodated the Springsteen family, who would come for the Devon Horse Show, and a variety of actors.  Stanley Tucci and Michael Imperioli both stayed here during the filming of The Lovely Bones movie,” he notes.

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Brennan, in his gentle Irish brogue, says the hotel, built around 1906, would probably have pleased General Anthony Wayne, the hotel and the town’s namesake, who played a big role in the Revolutionary War more than a century earlier.

“I think General Wayne would be pretty surprised at where we are today in terms of our decor,” Brennan tells Positively Philadelphia.  “The hotel was very rustic in its styling when it was originally built.  I think he’d be surprised to see how beautiful the furnishings are and how nice the restaurant is.  And I’m sure we could find somewhere to tie up his horse,” Brennan adds.

And, for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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