Chester Road Hotel

Chester Road Hotel

Chester Road Hotel (front)

Chester Road Hotel (reverse)


Chester Road Hotel, Chester, N.J., postcard, 1907.

The property located at the intersection of the Dover Chester Road, Oakdale Road, and Main Street was known by many names over its nearly 200 years. Built as a farmhouse in about 1752, it was bought by Jacob Drake, Jr., in 1779 and converted into an inn. Before being destroyed in a fire in 1962, the business was called the Chester Road Hotel, Crossroads Hotel, Dean’s Crossroads Inn, Flagstaff Inn (due to its proximity to the now-removed flag pole), Jacob Drake’s Tavern, and the Union Hotel, among others.

This postcard was mailed to Ada Leigh in Lebanon, N.J., from Abah staying at Fair View Farm. Abah writes, “Dear Ada we got home alright abought 8 oclock Sadie is washing today you let me know what they do to-morrow with insurance.”


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