Site of Ernst Hotel
Image Courtesy of Elaine Shemoney Evans
The marker is located in Vandalia on the east side of Kennedy Boulevard (3rd Street) near its intersection with Main Street.
The Illinois State Historical Society
Here stood a two-story log building erected in 1819 for Ferdinand Ernst who brought the German colony to Vandalia. Named Union Hall, it was operated as a hotel. After Ernst's death in 1823 it was managed by E.M. Townsend, and from April 1825 by Frederick Hollman.
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