Hill Top House Hotel project hopes to be completed in two years | WDVM25 and DCW50
HARPERS FERRY, West Virginia (WDVM) – It’s been a bumpy road for an accommodation retreat project on one of West Virginia’s most scenic landscapes, but it’s now full speed ahead for the Hill Top House Hotel.
This is a multi-million dollar investment that brings enormous benefits to the region’s economy. Steeped in history, the site of the Hill Top House has been described as “worthy of a trip across the Atlantic” by Thomas Jefferson. In its heyday, this now run-down old hotel housed Pearl Buck, Carl Sandburg and Alexander Graham Bell.
“They came here to see the natural beauty, they came to appreciate the story of what happened here,” said Karen Schaufeld, co-developer. “It’s a place where people should feel inspired. “
Partner Fred Schaufeld is optimistic about this unrivaled location in the Mountain State.
“We think West Virginia, Begging, has so much to offer. We think people just need to come and experience it, get to know it, immerse themselves in it. It becomes a beautiful place to stay, ”he said.
It was not without a brutal takeoff from the launch pad. The former mayor of Harpers Ferry had reservations about the Hill Top House, but the new city council is in full agreement.
“We think this is going to attract people from all over the country and quite frankly around the world to come to this part of West Virginia,” said Fred Schaufeld.
Harpers Ferry is so steeped in history. John Brown’s pre-Civil War raid was staged here. But the landscape!
“When you think on the east coast where is the place to go, what is a must-see? And it fits so well with the national park, with the natural offerings of this region, hiking, cycle paths, ”said Karen Schaufeld.
The Schaufelds have recruited some of the world’s best hospitality, restaurant and property management partners for this highly anticipated project. They hope to complete the project by the end of 2024.
The state of West Virginia – the legislature and governor – has designated the acreage for this project as a Special District for Tourism, now eligible to receive economic development grants. Jefferson County Senator Patricia Rucker (right) was the main sponsor of the measure.