Wednesday, September 30, 2009
CONESTOGA MOTOR INN II, LANCASTER
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Pt. 1 of 3
Note: These shots were taken on May 11, 2008 with a Canon Powershot point-and-shoot.
Several buildings sprawling over a 28-acre lot, the former-Conestoga Motor Inn was an Amish Country resort for several decades. My parents grabbed their first anniversary dinner together there in 1963. Now completely razed and gone forever, the images here show my traveling from the oldest building and its kitchen all the way to the fantastically unique pool and hotel room building. A very spooky place to explore, it was also one of my favorites to date. (ID# 05.11.08 Conestoga Motor Inn)
THE HISTORY (in brief): Vacant since 1989, the resort opened as Conestoga Motor Inn and has also operated as Sheraton Conestoga, Conestoga Resort Inn, Shawnee Lancaster and Lancaster Farms Resort. The complex dates to 1950 when Carl E. Pyle built the 20-room Conestoga Motor Inn. Later, the resort operated as a Sheraton, but lost that affiliation in 1984 and was rechristened Shawnee Lancaster Resort in 1986. After it closed in 1989, the property changed hands several times, with failed proposals to turn it into a Christian conference center, a supermarket or a sanitarium.