Built in 1942, the Hotel Beacon is a former hotel that has been transformed into a restaurant --- which local legend says may be haunted by its founder.
The handsome red brick hotel was built by Russian immigrant Thomas Krelow (1888-1976) on farmland in rural Butler County. The Hotel Beacon flourished through economic good times and bad as a popular resting place for traveling farmers, miners and buisness people. Orchestras played during World War II and a group of training pilots used the lounge into the Flyers Club for two years. Thomas Krelow died behind the bar in 1976, leaving it to his children and grandchildren who continue to operate it.
Today, the restaurant and bar is a family gathering place. Patrons enter through a covered porch and discover a homey atmosphere with everything from arcade games and an old fashioned upright piano to video screens that regularly play local sports games.
Every October, the hotel's basement and 15 acres of of the property is transformed into a haunted house and corn maze with plenty of fun for everyone.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Monday through Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Free, on-site parking is available.