Stroll past the courtyard and up the steps to the expansive covered porch of the Lincoln Building. Known as the “Cottage,” the original early nineteenth century hotel building was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1899.

As the village changed ownership, the Lincoln Building (re-named during the Country School era, 1916-1952) was used as a girl’s dormitory during the Orphans School period (1869-1912) and again for the Country School. Good News Productions (1952-1974) used it to house its workers as well as produce, edit and view its film productions.

Today the Lincoln Building houses the Historic Yellow Springs administration offices and archives. It is also the home of the Chester Springs Library, a branch of the Chester County Library System, which Historic Yellow Springs helped establish in 1974-75. But most importantly, it serves as the site of most of the organization’s many events and programs.

“Mrs. Holman, of the Yellow Springs Hotel, has erected a large three story House, containing 20 rooms, which is completely finished and furnished with new furniture, and now open for company. It is connected with her former building, by a Piazza, but is in other respects separate, and is entirely free from all culinary and family concerns…and she can now promise the most quiet accommodations to those who may prefer them, with liberty to partake more or less of the amusement of the place.”

Advertisement in the National Gazette and Literary Register, July 8, 1823.

1991 Art Show Poster by Janis Galbraith Fitch

1991 Art Show Poster by Janis Galbraith Fitch

The Lincoln Building contains excellent gallery and exhibit space

The Lincoln Building contains excellent gallery and exhibit space

The Porch, by Doris Kunzie Weidner, 1932 (Courtesy of Mercer's Mills Conservation Trust)

The Porch, by Doris Kunzie Weidner, 1932 (Courtesy of Mercer’s Mills Conservation Trust)