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            The Lake View Hotel

               Joan Bittner Fry
               The Lake View Hotel, C. J. Remsburg, Proprietor, Lewistown, Maryland, Long Distance Phone 840-2

               While looking through my           guests. The dining room is spacious,   of the county’s largest                                    Courtesy Photo
            postcard collection, I came upon a    light and well ventilated. Cuisine   exporters.  He was
            small brochure about Lake View        under the personal attention of the   also an investor in the
            Hotel,  and I quote the brochure:     proprietor. Piazza is large and shady   Westminster, Frederick,
               “Lake View Hotel is located        and the hotel is lighted throughout   and Gettysburg Railroad,
            midway  between Frederick and         with acetylene gas.                  which would traverse
            Thurmont, Maryland on the Western       In connection with the house is a   property owned by his
            Maryland and the Baltimore and        200-acre farm, producing all varieties   family. He obtained
            Ohio Railroads, within two hours’     of fruits and vegetables, with which   this land and created
            ride of Baltimore and Washington.     the table is abundantly supplied;    a scheme to cash in on
               The hotel is high above sea level,   plenty of fresh milk, eggs, poultry,   the new trolley line that
            overlooking the highest range of the   etc., the best the country affords.  would connect Frederick
            Blue Ridge Mountains. One could         Aside from the lobby may be        and Thurmont.
            hardly wish for a more ideal spot to   found smoking room for gentlemen,      In 1908, Charles
            spend a vacation than Lewistown,      private parlor and writing room      merged his many
            Maryland, located in picturesque      for ladies. For health, comfort and   fishponds and formed                 The Lake View Hotel — 1908.
            Frederick County.                     beauty of natural scenery, this place   a lake in the shadow of
               The Lake View is a large six-story   is second to none in the mountains of   the picturesque Catoctin         Those fond of motoring could find
            (some places say 4-story) concrete    Western Maryland.”                   Mountain to the west. He looked to    one of the best automobile roads in
            building, with roof garden and sun      The hotel was located six          capitalize on the rail transportation   the country, leading from Washington
            parlor, commanding an excellent       miles north of Frederick; rail       line’s ability to deliver visitors in   and Baltimore to Pen Mar and
            view of the Blue Ridge Mountains,     transportation could bring pleasure   the same manner as neighboring       Gettysburg, passing the door of the
            far famed for their beautiful scenery.    seekers to a peaceful setting that   mountain retreats, such as Braddock   Lake View Hotel. Persons afflicted
            The hotel contains 50 rooms, baths    featured a casino, hotel, and lake.   Heights and Pen Mar Park.            with tuberculosis were requested to
            and toilet rooms, also 25 private     Charles Remsburg was a native of        The brochure also boasts that the   not apply for accommodations. (The
            baths, making it the largest and      nearby Lewistown, having grown       hotel had an up-to-date livery where   State Sanatorium at Sabillasville for
            one of the most modern houses in      up on a farm originally laid out by   saddle and driving horses could be   TB patients opened in 1908.)
            this section of the country. The bed   his grandfather, Jacob. In addition   had at a moment’s notice; ladies
            rooms are all large and airy, newly   to the family trade of farming,      riding suits to hire; croquet, tennis,   From an article in Frederick Daily
            furnished in the most up-to-date      Charles found success in the late    dancing; rambles over the mountains;   News, September 10, 1908:
            manner. We can accommodate 125        1800s goldfish boom and was one      and a large shady lake for fishing.   … Continued on page 11
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