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Smithton Inn (Miller-Smith House)

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Miller-Smith House
1763. 900 W. Main St.
  • Smithton Inn (Miller-Smith House) (© George E. Thomas)

A German associated with the Seventh Day Anabaptists at Ephrata is said to have constructed this house. It is an astonishing regional version of a Georgian central-hall-plan house in an alternating dark brown and golden orange stone version of Flemish bond (see p. 4). Within is a handsome center hall with flanking pairs of rooms and corner fireplaces. This is one of several similar houses in the immediate vicinity, including the socalled Checkerboard house of 1754 on U.S. 322 near Brickersville, suggesting a regional subtype that is imitated in Lancaster today in the local permastone. It is now a small hotel.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Smithton Inn (Miller-Smith House)", [Ephrata, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 328-328.

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