McCoole's, Historic Red Lion Inn - Quakertown, PA
Updated: Sep 7, 2022
McCoole's at the Historic Red Lion Inn is located at the busy intersection of Broad Street and Main Street in Quakertown, PA.
Walter McCoole opened the inn in 1750 under the name of McCoole’s Tavern during the Revolutionary War period. In 1793 the tavern's name was changed to the Red Lion Hotel. In 1799 the inn was used as a meeting place for organizers of the Fries Rebellion. Germanic Pennsylvanians organized a rebellion against tax imposed to fund a war with France feeling this was a plot to establish a British monarchy in America.
Alexander Hamilton, treasury secretary, declared the protestors traitors and they were found guilty of treason. They were to be hung in a location opposite the inn. Fortunately, President John Adams, stepped in and pardoned the protestors.
In 1810 and 1865 additions were made to the Red Lion Inn allowing travelers a place to stay while passing through on the railway system. The Red Lion Inn also served as a stop along the Underground Railroad.
In 2005, Jan Hench purchased the inn. Staff and guests have had their share of “friendly ghost” sightings (women, children and a soldier with his arms in a sling). We heard really good things about the food and plan to return in the near future.