First hotel/tavern built c1747 by grist miller Walter McCoole. Later owned by Revolutionaly War Col. Jacob Savitz. Vital stagecoach stop between capital in Philadelphia and frontier towns of Lehigh and Wyoming valleys during French & Indian War & Revolution. President Polk kin, Col. Tom Polk, other Continental officers stayed here September 23, 1777, while escorting Liberty Bell to Allentown. Site of Fries Rebellion rally and execution site. En route to U.S. Centennial Exposition in 1876, President Grant slept here. He is said to have imbibed excess spirits in the tavern and so missed the bigger party in Philly!