The Union Hotel was established on this site in 1854. Little did the owner, Zephaniah Herbert know that in just a few years this country would be at war. In July 1863, 75,000 confederate soldiers and 97,000 Union soldiers converged on this sleepy little town of Gettysburg. What happened during those three short days changed the course of the war, our nation's history and the town of Gettysburg forever.
During the Battle, this building was used as a hospital, with the basement serving as an operating room. After the war, it took months to get the community back on its feet and Gettysburg was never the same. The hotels were never the same and literally on July 4, 1863, Gettysburg added a new industry in town and that was the tourism business. Many town hotels and taverns began to expand their businesses to accommodate those travelers coming to see our famous battlefield.