on the American History tourist trade, the Gettysburg Howard Johnson's
Motor Lodge opened in 1960 adjacent to the Gettysburg Visitors Center,
National Museum, Electric Map, National Civil War Wax Museum, National
Cemetery, and the main entrance to the Gettysburg
National Military Park.
Its parcel of land was part of a larger tract which consisted of
many residential units. During its initial development, litigation
to halt the project was instituted by Paul G. and Jean E. Witt who
owned property near the proposed Motor Lodge. The couple had filed
suit to prevent the Lodge's construction on the grounds that it
would violate restrictive covenants by which the real estate of
Steinwehr Development Corporation was bound. However the court ruled
that there were no restrictions in the area which prevented a motel
operation, and the case was dismissed at the cost of the plaintiffs.
After several years had past, and not without some irony I might
add, the Witt's son acquired the Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge in
1975. And according to Mr. Witt, he operated the Motor Lodge as
a HoJo's until 1999. Subsequently the property was a Best Inn and
since 2006 has been branded as an America's Best Value Inn. Please
or call 717-334-1188 for more information regarding the former Howard
Johnson's (I encourage your patronage of the former Howard Johnson's
and all without any remuneration!).
Owners of the former Gettysburg Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge, Paul
and Dana Witt, most generously made several vintage views of their
historic property available to this site! Please note that the interior
view of the Gate Lodge shows a Life Magazine dated May 12, 1961
as well as a stack of generic Gettysburg HoJo's brochures on the
counter--WHAT A VIEW!