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The National Hotel


The Genesee Valley, Indian Paradise, birthplace of Utopian dreams and projects, has no more colorful edifice than the National Hotel, at Cuylerville. This famous inn and tavern has been much else besides; Underground Railway Station, dance ball, town hall, Sunday school, whiskey distillery.

The National Hotel was built in 1837 and was an important station in the Underground Railroad from Pennsylvania to Canada. James G. Birney, a converted Alabama slave-holder who ran for President of the United States on the Liberty party ticket in 1840 and again in 1844, directed the movement of fugitives up the valley from the Hotel. In an attic stairwell there is still an old hiding place for a slave – usually only one fugitive at a time could be helped to freedom. In 1848 traffic was brisk – 28 fugitives were harbored at the Hotel.

Enjoy a seat within history and fine dining at the Restaurant and Tavern during your stay.


When planning your special events think of The National Hotel! We would love to help you plan any of your special events.

Bridal or Baby Showers
Birthday Parties
Anniversary Parties
Group Banquets

  • Fire Department
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Red Hat Ladies
  • Any and all other organizations

Groups from 20 to 50 can be accommodated and menus can be custom designed to fit your exact needs.

We will also offer parties up to 30 the option of ordering off our regular menu.

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