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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
 -- 1499 Silas Deane Highway
Opened in early 1966, the Rocky Hill complex featured a classic Motor Lodge and Restaurant layout but was somewhat awkwardly sited. The Motor Lodge was listed as a Howard Johnson's until 1985, and then reappeared as a HoJo's from 1991 to 1994. In its final directory listing it was said to have offered 127 rooms with 40 set up for long term stays.

Left: By the late 1990s, Rocky Hill's Gate Lodge and one of its guest buildings had been demolished along with its nearby Restaurant. Set closer to Silas Deane Highway than the Lodge, the restaurant's site came to be occupied by an On the Border and a Dakota Steakhouse.
Photo ca 1970s: Dan Donahue

Photos August 31, 2004: Kummerlowe Archive

2006 Internet records indicated that the remains of the Motor Lodge became the Great Meadow Inn which only offered 15 rooms. DO NOT CONFUSE the Howard Johnson Express Inn at 1760 Silas Deane Hwy. with the original Howard Johnson's that immediately faced I-91. That HoJo's Express Inn was converted from an existing motel called the Highway Travelers Motor Lodge (HELLO IT'S A FAKE), and is down and across from where the authentic HoJo's was located.


Right: The recycled Howard Johnson's highway sign included advertisement for the nearby but closed Rocky Hill Ames Store. For more information about Ames, please visit: Note that a Kohl's is now sited in the vacinity.
Below: Re-branded and cupolafied, the former and shrunken Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge was operating as a Super 8 Motel in 2009.
Photo May 8, 2009: Kummerlowe Archive

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