The hotel, now a sprawling resort, was founded as a modest boarding house by Thomas Hughes. Downstairs was a single room that served as the dining room for all the guests, who stayed in simply partitioned quarters on the two upper floors. The walls and woodwork were bare and supplies of provisions were at times unreliable, but it was packed to the gills with vacationers every summer.
Stroll along tree-lined Washington Street while learning about the architecture and the families that one dwelt in each historic home. Then have lunch t the historic Carriage House Café and Tearoom on the Physick Estate. Café vouchers are good from noon until 4 pm.
Join the Friends of the Physick Estate in celebrating Dr. Emlen Physick's 161st birthday on the grounds of the 1879 Physick Estate. Highlights of the day will include a croquet match; join in or just come to watch.