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The American House of Fritztown & Pappy G's Tavern

737 Fritztown Road, Sinking Spring, PA 19608, USA

Craig J. (Kimmel) and Dianne M. (Gelsinger-Dautrich) Lutz have brought the atmosphere of the 1800's back to The American House of Fritztown & Pappy G's Tavern. Proprietors since 1987, the Lutz's invite you to savor the food and warmth of our most public American House of Fritztown & Pappy G's Tavern! ... and, now, a little bit of history ... "Pappy" Popular Proprietor of American House Hotel ... John J. K. Gittelman, affectionately known as "Pappy", was for 31 years the popular proprietor of The American House Hotel of Fritztown. Prior to his ownership of the hotel, he was a decorated hero of the Civil War. Upon the outbreak and continuance of the Civil War, "young Gittelman's enthusiasm was aroused, and his patriotism fired!" On October 19th, 1862, he enlisted, becoming corporal of Company E, 17th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Potomac. He paraded the town with a snare drum and succeeded in enlisting four others to go to the front with him, of which he was the only one to return home alive. History has it that Gittelman was quite a gregarious fellow, whose personality lent itself to "greeting the public". Business at The American House grew to the point where Gittelman had to abandon blacksmithing. The American House became "one of the best known and most popular hostelries in this section of the country ... well kept, and noted particulary for cleanliness". In 1995, The American House was officially designated as one of thirteen Pennsylvania sites to be included on the National Civil War Heritage Trail. Craig and Dianne Lutz have labored to preserve this site and thereby honor all those who have in some way helped to shape and build The American House of Fritztown and its rich history. We salute all those who have put their lives in harms way to further the causes of freedom and democracy and our "common pursuit of happiness". Guests are encouraged to walk the original plank floo rs, admire the original stamped tin ceilings, and read the original hand-written newlywed prayer signed by "John J. K. Gittelman & Wife" in the "Newlywed Room" on the second floor, with its rose print wallpaper. Pleaes remember to sign our guest book and become a part of our history and our future!


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From Philadelphia and east: From PA Turnpike, take Exit 22 (Morgantown) and take I-176 North to Rte. 422 West. At Traffic Light just past McDonald's in Sinking Spring, fork to the Left off of 422 West (at blue historic building sitting directly in front of you), and head west onto Columbia Avenue which turns into Fritztown Road. The American House is located 1.9 miles on the Right. Plenty of parking available. From Harrisburg: Take PA Turnpike to Exit 21 (Reading). After exiting, take Rte. 222 North toward Reading. At intersection of Rte. 222 North with Rte. 724 (in Shillington, which is South of Reading), get into inside Left Lane at this traffic light/intersection & turn Left onto Rte. 724 West. Continue on Rte. 724 West, and, at Traffic Light where Rte. 724 West intersects with Old Fritztown Road, turn Left onto Old Fritztown Road. Continue on Old Fritztown Road for approx. 3 miles (road winds uphill and downhill). At "T" intersection with Traffic Light, where Old Fritztown Road intersects with Fritztown Road, turn Left onto Fritztown Road. Continue straight on Fritztown Road, crossing over one set of railroad tracks. A very short distance after crossing over these railroad tracks, The Am erican House of Fritztown & Pappy G's Tavern" will be on the Right. The parking lot entrance is on the right, just past The American House building.

Visitor Services

Restrooms are available and we have limited handicapped access to our first floor. Our second floor is accessed by stairs.

Regular Events

Civil War reenactments and living histories; special traditional menus for selected holidays, call for reservations.

Available Interpretation

We are open year round as a casual fine dining establishment. Our staff provides tours of our historic building as guests express interest in touring our site and learning more about our site's history.

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Admission Fee

Free to tour buildings or grounds


Wednesday-Saturday: 4:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. - We also have a 24/7 days answering service and are very accessible.



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