Sleepy Hollow to be rebuilt as original log inn

The Tribune-Review reports that Sleepy Hollow Tavern, along the Lincoln Highway near Ligonier, Pennsylvania, and destroyed by suspected arson in February, will be rebuilt to its original look by a building contractor who once lived in the area. On June 23, Fred Haeflein will begin selectively demolishing the building; equipment is already arriving, as seen in the screen shot below:

Haeflein plans to lead a seven-member crew in rebuilding the structure to its original log cabin inn appearance. The entire second floor and roof could not be salvaged but the first floor will be incorporated into the new structure, and 6 of the 18 framed dormers over windows on the front and back portions of the roof will be reused. Haeflein plans to base his reconstruction on the view in a vintage postcard, seen below, before the later additions of a stone front and solarium in back.

Sleepy Hollow started as a typical roadside stand; the inn was built 1939-1940 but suffered after the westbound lanes of Lincoln Highway/US 30 were moved across Loyalhanna Creek. A small causeway was added, but the place declined in recent decades, surviving mostly as a tavern.

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2 Responses to “Sleepy Hollow to be rebuilt as original log inn”

  1. James Shipley Says:

    If anyone would be interested . I did a oil painting of the old in from the same vintage postcard that will be used in the restoration of this beautiful old landmark. If you would like to see a photo of the painting feel free to contact me via email.

  2. The Hero's Journey Says:

    […] then and drank in the smell of the pine, mountain laurel, and sweet wild garlic.  I am glad to see Sleepy Hollow Restaurant being rebuilt and Idlewild Park still going strong.  But I digress.  Memories tug at your heart, […]

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