Sometimes when you frequent an establishment you can take its historical significance for granted. That is easy to do in an area rich with historic sites and great architecture to enjoy. However, I am happy to report I did not make that mistake today at The Golden Lamb.
The Golden Lamb was opened back in 1803 and the inn was a home away from home for many famous guests; Benjamin and William Henry Harrison, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Ulysses S. Grant, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and many others stayed at the Golden Lamb Inn, a first class stop along the route to Cincinnati. Many people have passed through the doors of this establishment in last 200 years, and some never left…
Clement Vallandingham was a former U.S. Congressman who made a fatal error, one that would cost him his life. Check out this excerpt from The Cambria Freeman, June 1871:
The Cambria Freeman would go on to reprt about Vallandingham’s death saying:
Legend has it that Vallandingham’s visage will appear in a window upstairs. But he’s not the only divine dweller at the inn. Employess tell stories of a little girl standing at the top of the stairs just off the main entry. It is believed to be Sarah, a young girl who lived at the inn with her mother Eunice Stubbs after her fathers death. Sarah did not pass away at The Golden Lamb but stories featuring a little ghostly girl are plenty. So today, even though it was our umpteenth lunch at our favorite haunt, something came over me and I decided to take some time and explore the hallowed halls of the Historic Golden Lamb Inn, seeing it through fresh eyes.