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Deford House (site)

Formerly/Also Known As General Wayne House, Fisher's Tavern, Fry's Tavern

National Pike
Hopwood, PA 15445

From Searight's The Old Pike (1894):

Approached from the east, the first old tavern and the first house in the place is the 'Deford House,' in the olden time and by old people called the General Wayne House. It appears that at an early day General Wayne had occasion to pass this way, and tarried over night with John Deford, who kept tavern in a small log house a short distance in the rear of the present building. Deford at this time was contemplating the erection of a new and more imposing edifice, and applied to his distinguished guest for a plan. It was furnished, and the present stone structure is the outcome of it, which shows plainly enough that General Wayne was a much better soldier than architect. Deford kept tavern here for a long time, and was succeeded first by Henry Fisher and next by Matthias Fry. Samuel Magie [McGee?] is now the owner of the property, and its career as a tavern is ended.

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