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“Such guests. What famous names its record boasts, What owners wanders in the mob of ghosts”–Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, At the Saturday Club
The Omni Parker Hotel is the oldest continuing operating hostel in North America. It has bared witness to a myriad of the happening that has formed this this nation.
Enter into the realm of the Omni Parker.
The Saturday Club some time back composed the members of literary legends. Names such as Nathaniel Hawthorn, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mark Twain, etc once amassed at the famed hotel in Boston. They came for fellowship, literary readings and drink. The novel “A Christmas Carol” effected its North American debut when Charles Dickens himself delivered its recitation the first time in 1867.
“When I [Edwin Booth] told him I had voted for Lincoln’s re-election, he expressed deep regret and declared his belief that Lincoln would be made King of America. This I believe drove him beyond reason”–Edwin Booth, 1881
The famed actor, John Wilkes Booth resided at the renown hotel on April 5th and 6th 1865. On April 14, 1865, as every one is conscious of indeed executed President Lincoln with a bullet to the head.
Another prominent gentleman who frequented the edifice is John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Kennedy of course is Boston’s favorite son. Born within the city limits he enter the icon of the Omni Parker lore. it is reported Kennedy’s initial foray into the hotel’s narrative transpired while procrastinating outside the Omni Parker waiting for his grandfather, John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald. The hotel would also become the place where Jack Kennedy would propose to his future wife, Jackie and where he would hold his bachelor party.
These are just a sampling of the history of the hotel located at 60 School Street, Boston.
Harvey Parker, founder–started the lodging and eatery in 1832 for a mere $432. Renaming the business he had just purchased as Parker’s Restaurant, it wasn’t long before he annexed an abode where gentlemen could rest their heads. Parker himself has been spotted roaming the halls of the oldest hotel. His ghost is said to still be checking whether his hotel is well maintained.
On October 8, 2005 the city of Boston issued a proclamation naming that date “Omni Parker House 150th Anniversary Day. In November of that year a gala took place to commemorate the famed hotel. Mark Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles delivered a recitation of “A Christmas Carol” just as the author did in 1867.
The Omni Parker House would tell many engrossing tales if only its walls could talk. Narratives such as the above and then some. As an observer of history we would be enthralled to hear such accounts; about a bygone age. As we inquire of ourselves, what are the lessons places like these are trying to tell us.