Brochure views circa 1970s: Dan Donahue
Hartford-Weathersfield, CT
-- 1330 Silas Deane Hwy

A Yankee outlier and late addition to the Southern rooted chain, the Horne's complex in Weathersfield was built in 1969. While the restaurant and lobby were marked by understated yellow mansards, the motor lodge was multi-story and considerably up-to-date for the era.

The 122 room motor lodge offered color TV, heated pool, playground and babysitting, supper club, Grill Room, cocktail lounge, and a gift shop. The site was converted into a well regarded Ramada Inn and has operated more recently as the Best Western Camelot Inn. Note that at least a part of its site likely was held earlier by the Weathersfield HoJo's Restaurant!

Left: Unbranded for a period of time, the Motor Lodge operated as the Camelot Motor Inn.
Above: Perhaps taking a cue from Howard Johnson's, the relatively small guest rooms at the Hartford-Weathersfield Horne's appear to have offered bedside controls à la Pamper Panel style!

Brochure view circa 1981: Courtesy of Larry Passaro

Above: Intact from its Horne's days, the complex became a Ramada Inn sans yellow roof tiles during the 1970s.

Below & Lower: A Red Lobster came to occupy the part of the site where the Horne's Restaurant and lobby had been by the late 2000s, and the Motor Lodge was operating as a Comfort Inn.

Photographs May 8, 2009: Kummerlowe

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