The White House Hotel located in Hermann, Missouri is a historic hotel that I think has gotten lost in the mix. Hermann, Missouri itself is part of eastern Missouri’s wine country. It is definitely a tourist town but still manages to keep its old world charm. Small towns like this that try and preserve their history, heritage and culture is a nice way to remind people of a different time maybe even a better time.
The hotel itself was started in 1864 and completed in 1868. It just happened to be one of the most happening places during its hay day. (White House Hotel Website). In 1886 the hotel did burn down partially. The fire mainly affected the upper levels. The town rallied behind the hotel and helped restore it to the way it was with minor modifications. (White House Tour). It is rare in these days to have a whole community, town, city, state or country stand behind something like a hotel. There were a few celebrities like Tye Cobb and various other professional athletes that stayed there since the hotel it self was very expensive at the time to stay in (Tour and White House Hotel). It is rare to have an upscale place get so much support from the community at the time of the fire.
One of the stories from the hotel tour was about the bar tender and his daughter who both worked at the hotel. The bar tenders wife had passed away and the father for whatever reason could not take care of the daughter on his own. The owner of the hotel, was allowed to work at the bar/tavern in the hotel and the daughter was able to live and work in the hotel. All the while the daughter was to never learn that the bar tender was her actual father. This allowed the bar tender to watch his daughter grow up.
Places like this need to be preserved along with their stories. The hotel is a landmark, but, they do not receive funding or grants from the government. So every dollar they earn from the tours goes into the restoration. All of the actors that participate in the tours are volunteers as well as many of the people that help with the actual restoration. They try and make the rooms as historically accurate as they possibly can. It is towns like this that ban together that give people a since of nostalgia. If you are in the area and looking for a good place to visit go to the White House Hotel in Hermann, Mo.