Thomas S. Lovett, a man of African-American decent and son of William and Sarah Lovett built Hilltop Hotel in Harpers Ferry West Virginia in 1888, 30 years after John Brown’s raid.
The Hotel was twice damaged by fire and repaired, once in 1912 and again in 1919.
The hotel has had many interesting guests such as Alexander Graham Bell, Mark Twain, Pearl S. Buck, and Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Bill Clinton.
In 2008 Hilltop Hotel closed. It was sold and rumor had it that it was to be restored to its original splendor. Instead it has been left to deteriorate.
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