Buck’s Hotel, was built in 1828 by Asahel Buck. He and his son George Washington Buck were proprietors of this magnificent hotel, known as the “Great Western”. This lithograph depicts the hotel in the year 1853. It was located on the south-east corner of Washington St and Main St in the Town of Chemung, New York. The imposing structure covered nearly a quarter acre of ground and had several additions added to the original structure. Asahel was a revolutionary war patriot. George W. Buck died in 1871 and the Hotel changed hands to C. DeWitt. He and his family barely escaped the flames in the late hours of Tuesday, May 5, 1874 when the structure burned to the ground, due to a defective chimney. The present day Chemung House/Morley Hotel/Chemung Hotel sits on the site of the Buck’s Hotel.
Special thanks go to the following people who did the research to sort out the history of this grand hotel: Susan Aumick, Kevin Benson, Kelly Miller & Mike Tuccinardi.