Monday, July 11, 2016


Boiling Springs Tavern

(It's history according to it's brochure.)

Boiling Springs was founded in the early 1750s around the abundant artesian springs that appear to “boil” from deep underground. These are the largest springs in Pennsylvania and the third largest in the U.S., producing 23 million gallons of water daily at a constant 53 degrees. Several of these springs were dammed, creating Children’s Lake which powered the town’s earliest industries-an iron furnace and a gristmill.

The Carlisle Iron Works made cannons and cannon balls for The Revolutionary War. The Boiling Springs Tavern, originally named The Boiling Springs Hotel, was built in 1832. It originated as a roadside inn and restaurant and housed a small pharmacy. Children’s Lake became a popular destination when The Valley Traction Company opened a trolley park there in the early 1900s. After spending a summer afternoon renting paddle boats, dancing in the covered pavilion, or strolling down Lover’s Lane, people enjoyed a meal at the tavern and lodging for the night. Anheuser-Busch purchased the tavern under the direction of its founder, Adolphus Busch, and owned the building from 1902 until Prohibition in 1920.

In the mid-1800s, as well as operating as a restaurant and inn, The Boiling Springs Tavern was also part of the Kauffman Depot on the Underground Railroad. Men, women and children escaping slavery, crossed the Mason-Dixon Line into Chambersburg and then followed the South Mountain towards Boiling Springs. The Boiling Springs Tavern offered them shelter and protection before heading to Carlisle and points farther north.

Boiling Springs is located at the halfway point of the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail (AT) spans 2,200 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine. Every year, thousands of hikers attempt the four to six month “thru-hike” on the AT from Georgia to Maine. Earl Shaffer of York, Pennsylvania, became the first individual to complete a thru-hike in 1948. Fifty years later, at a youthful 80 years old, Earl also became the oldest person to complete the same feat. The AT is also a popular destination for day and section hikers.

The Tavern is nestled in a picturesque bend in the Yellow Breeches stream. As a world class fly-fishing stream, the Yellow Breeches draws fishing enthusiasts from around the globe. During the Revolutionary War, British soldiers washed their white pants – or britches – in the stream. Due to the sulfur content of these waters their pants turned yellow, and coined the now famous name of this iconic fishing destination.

The original building has been added onto in several stages through its history. A larger kitchen was created in 1863, and the dining room was expanded in the early 1950s. The last addition was the dining room overlooking the spring, which was completed in the mid-1970s. The Boiling Springs Tavern has currently been owned and operated for over 29 years by the Keith family. Their dedication to quality and consistency, as well as a passion for excellence, has created the award-winning restaurant that exists today.

 Visit their website for more history and it's menu.

I have been going to this restaurant for over forty years
and have never had a bad meal.
I was fortunate enough to have had lunch there recently.

The spring located behind the restaraunt.

One can't have water without Ducks.

The bottom is easily's very shallow and clear.

Mr Mallard was having a great time.

There are a lot of Hybrids..??
I don't know a lot about of you birder bloggers
is going to tell me that this is a specific breed of duck, I'm sure.

This Swan wouldn't stop preening long enough
 for me to get a good picture.

I thought I had gotten one until I came home and downloaded it.
It pays to check your pictures before you leave.
 Darn..guess I'll have to go back.


 There will be more water fowl to come..
stay tuned.
I will go back!!


Diane said...

Looks very picturesque. Great history lesson too.

Lynne said...

Nice post Missy . . .
Liked reading the history . . .
Clear water, duck varieties, preening swan . . .
Wish I was eating lunch there with you . . .
Thanks for sharing . . ..

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Missy! The tavern looks very quaint. Sounds like a great place for lunch. The ducks and swans are beautiful. What a lovely setting. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I'd say you are a lucky duck to have had lunch at such a beautiful place but that might be too much of a groaner!

NanaDiana said...

Wow! What a great place and such wonderful history. You got some really good pictures, Missy! It is nice that water runs so clear there. xo Diana

Beth “E. Lizard Breath Speaks” Edwards said...

pretty ducks and swan. i wonder what i would eat off the menu? i love trying new food locations. i enjoy the stone work. really enjoy ones with a great history or how they got started.

we saw a very cool house this weekend on a drive in the country ... wonder how or where the found the stone. so cool!! ( :

Kelly said...

It was interesting to learn about that place! I've never heard of it. Probably because I've never traveled there. I am familiar with the AT though. We have a friend whose son completed the entire thing a couple of years ago! Love the pretty duck and swan pics. I wish I had a place like that near me.