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Meadowbrook Tavern Menu loaded with neat stuff

Meadowbrook Mansion in Springettsbury Township, circa 1902 (Image from Meadowbrook Inn & Tavern Menu archived at ScholarsArchive@JWU)

Meadowbrook Tavern menus were always loaded with neat photos and history about the Meadowbrook Mansion.

This enlarged section of a photo from a menu is most likely of the Edwin B. Myers family, with a farm hand, showing off their horses in front of the mansion during 1902.

In the post at this link,  we learned construction of the mansion started at the end of August in 1901. The mansion was built as a summer residence for the Edwin B. Myers family, therefore 1902 was the first summer the family occupied Meadowbrook.

In the post at this link,  we learned the history of the Edwin B. Myers family. Three of his teenage children were still living at home per the 1900 census. A 1902 photo with their horses, from left to right, appears to be consistent with: Edwin B. Myers (age 59), a farm hand, son Ellis Myers (age 19), wife Anna Myers (age 48), son Chester Myers (age 15), and daughter Pauline Myers (age 17).

Restaurant reviews from outside the county, repeatedly asserted Meadowbrook as one of York County’s most admired landmarks. A review from The Gettysburg Times of December 22, 1987, concludes: “Through careful restoration of this culturally significant property, dining customers enjoy cuisine in an enchanting atmosphere, The present day owners, Bert and Barbara Holleran of York are, justifiably proud of their historical restaurant. They and their son, Brad, general manager, believe quality cuisine demands service in quality surroundings. The seven dining areas of Meadowbrook contain many artifacts of yesteryear. Natural woods, open hearth fireplaces, pewter and stenciling blend to produce an aesthetic atmosphere, truly reminiscent of the resplendent early 1900’s.”

Even today, when shopping at Christmas Tree Hill, which now occupies the mansion at 2840 Whiteford Road, you’ll notice the exterior and most of the interior surroundings remain from the days it was a restaurant, and even before that as a private residence for generations. In browsing through Christmas Tree Hill at the mansion, you’ll also witness how early homes grew with each generation.

Relive Sixteen Entrée selections from an 1986 Meadowbrook Tavern Menu

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