It’s hard to imagine today, but the now sleepy village of Pequea in Martic Township was once a premier tourist destination.
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, visitors included not just local residents but venturesome travelers from Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Washington. A few even crossed the Atlantic to vacation on the banks of the Susquehanna. Pequea even had its share of celebrity sightings, including President Calvin Coolidge and heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey.
Like any good tourist destination, the River View Hotel published a detailed brochure highlighting the many facilities and activities available to guests. Being a firm believer that “information wants to be free,” I have transcribed the document’s text and scanned the images. Both are included below with links for additional information.
“To him who in the love of Nature holds
Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
A various language.”
And who does not love Nature! Who does not love to lay aside the dull cares of business or quit the dust and noise of the city for a glorious trip to the cool, inviting woods, where Nature pours her blessings so abundantly that one can “enjoy but half her stores?”
Go with me for a short ramble from this delightful resort—the River-View Hotel, with its 500 acres of mountainous forest, stretched along the banks of the Susquehanna for a distance of four miles—and I will show you such picturesque driveways; such romantic little dells and shaded nooks; curious formations of rock, and dark, deep refrigerator like caves; little rivulets dancing down thru wooded glens past cool, deep mosses and ivy-covered rocks into the great broad Susquehanna; such beauties will I show you as only Nature knows how to fashion, and such as few resorts can boast of.
Here, on all sides, as we start, we see the rugged simplicity, yet mighty grandeur of the hills, telling of the terrible struggles of the elements and cosmic forces in years long past.
Click any of the following links to read more about some of the places mentioned or associated with this area.
- Susquehanna pastimes at the River View Hotel in Pequea.
- Wind Cave: 2,000 feet of dark passages. Unforgiving cold. Hungry cave rats. Discover Pequea’s dangerous spelunking underground.
- Armchair Explorer: Make your reservation today for the Pequehanna Inn – Pennsylvania’s Crown Jewel answer to Lake Placid
- ‘Colonel’ John Mead: the enigmatic ‘Gentleman Bum’ of the River Hills