If you would like to sleep in a little piece of American History, visit the Historic Rose Hotel. The hotel was constructed by James McFarland in 1776, the year America gained it’s independence from Britain. Originally built to be a tavern, the Rose catered to Riverboat Captains and personnel, and other travelers making their way down the Ohio River. The history and available attractions in the area will excite fishermen and hikers alike.
A stay at the Rose Hotel is perfect for fisherman wanting to fish the Ohio River without sleeping in a boat. Stay in a comfy warm bed on firm solid ground and wake up early to enjoy catching crappie, bass, and sporting fish that fill the Ohio River. Fishermen and their women alike will enjoy a wonderful Southern Illinois getaway at this historic gem.
Located in the heart of Shawnee National Forest, the Rose Hotel is a great gateway into the rich history that Southern Illinois has to offer tourists. Spend the day touring various historical natural sites. Then, slide on into the Rose Hotel for a night spent dreaming in history.
History of the Rose Hotel
Through various construction projects that occurred before and after the Civil War, the hotel became a boarding house for these travelers and took on a signature L-shaped design. The hotel added a beautiful veranda overlooking the Ohio River in 1866. The hotel was included in the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972.
The Historic Rose Hotel has undergone a $1.6 million restoration and is currently owned by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Stay in the McFarland suite or one of their many other rooms and enjoy the victorian-esque parlor and dining room while you experience all the educational and natural attractions that Southern Illinois has to offer.