Blue Bell Inn- Blue Bell, PA

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

The most common tavern in the Blue Bell area. Immediately, you notice the date when the tavern was established. I have never eaten there for some reason, but I really wanted to based on their menu. Even thought there were numerous changes to the exterior of the building, it's incredible that there's someone who appreciates the town's past.


"The original Blue Bell Inn was constructed in 1743. Back then, the Inn was called the "White House" and provided lodging to hunters who traveled from afar in pursuit of a much-prized migratory bird. The Blue Bell Inn first opened its doors in 1743 to accommodate these travelers exhausted afterdays of hunting. During the American Revolutionary War, The Blue Bell Inn made its mark on American history. After the defeat at the Battle of Germantown, George Washington and his troops retreated to the Blue Bell area and made their headquarters on Lewis Lane from October 6th to December 15th, 1777. During this time, Washington often stayed at the Inn. The Blue Bell Inn continued to switch hands throughout the course of history until 1945, when it was purchased by the prominent Lamprecht family. John Lamprecht took over the property in 1967 and re-opened it as a restaurant—one of the first fine dining establishments in the Montgomery County area. The restaurant maintained a respectable reputation for years." - https://bluebellinn.com/our-history/


Pennsylvania Historical Resource Survey Form


Immediately you can tell how the building was expanded
The first thing you see when you stop at the intersection of Skippack Pike and Penllyn Blue Bell Pike is that white stucco building
It was a simple building with a porch like the Broad Axe Tavern. The building today followed the big sign trend
Google Satellite Map: 601 W Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Atlas of the North Penn Section of Montgomery County, Pa., 1916, Plate 28; A. H. Mueller, Publisher

Bibliography:


"Distance Calculator." DaftLogic. Accessed September 18, 2019. https://www.daftlogic.com/projects-google-maps-distance-calculator.htm.

Herman, Andrew Mark, Postcard History Series: Eastern Montgomery County Revisited (Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2005), 120.


"Our History." Blue Bell Inn. Accessed June 26, 2019. https://bluebellinn.com/our-history/.


Mueller, A. H. Atlas of the North Penn Section of Montgomery County, Pa., Plate 28, 1916.


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