The residence is what we believe the old “Warsaw Hotel” built by Charles Conners around 1879.
The old roadside hotel which sits on South Lavant Road was run by Duncan McIntosh from 1864-1869. His wife provided whiskey and hearty meals with a good bed and even food for the horses. A second hotel opened in Poland, called Kelley’s Hotel operated from 1875-1889.
Even travellers barely acquainted with one another slept together at roadside inns. When one had multiple bedrooms and hosted a large gathering of people, the custom was to put the men together in one room and the women together in another, sharing beds or bedrolls. Only the wealthy slept in amply stuffed feather beds; the poor made do with straw mattresses.
Chamber sets consisted of a basin and pitcher for washing, a cup for brushing the teeth and a chamber pot. Hotels provided the sets as early as the 1830’s, with homes using them by the 1840’s.
Most of the folks who stayed in these places were travellers who were not lucky enough to stay in the homes of friends and family. IN most cases they were NOT known for good food. In fact, most people who ate there complained bitterly about the poor quality and service of the food. They ate because they were hungry. The primary draw of these places were the alcoholic beverages and company. People were served together, and they could take as much as they wanted from communal bowls. Food was generally included with the price of room and the fare in a rural inn…was simple, whatever the tavern keeper had on hand for his/her own family and was willing to share.
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