Founded in 1753 by John Abbett, Abbottstown, as it is now spelled, is the oldest town in Adams County and by the mid-nineteenth century boasted several well established public eating and drinking establishments. Known as Berwick until 1911, this lively colonial town was comprised almost entirely of log houses. The original John Abbett house is still standing and although no longer in its original log form, has been carefully restored.
The Altland House, like the town, has also undergone many changes since colonial times. Purchased by Rueben Altland in 1880, the Altland House, as it then became known, flourished as an inn and tavern. The building was given its present façade in 1911, at which time the third story was added. The current owners, the Haugh family, have operated the restaurant since 1954 when they first leased the building from the descendants of Rueban Altland. They purchased the property in 1972 and recently completed renovations which revived the late Victorian sense of style and comfort. The Altland House today, set in this historic town in the lovely rural Pennsylvania countryside, provides a charming atmosphere in which to reflect on the past while enjoying fine contemporary dining.
Our services have touched many people’s lives through many venues. Many dignitaries and famous people including President Eisenhower to Billy Joel and Christy Brinkley have been guests at the Altland House. We even had the honor of serving as the caterer for President and Mrs. Eisenhower’s granddaughter‘s wedding at their Gettysburg farm.
Tom and Betty Haugh’s philosophy of maintaining the highest quality of food and service, using fresh food and a hands-on approach to management continue today with the third generation. The Altland House is one of the longest continually running pubs in the United States, now Ryan and Ben Haugh operate the two divisions under Altland House Hospitality Group.
"Absolutely the best place I have ever stayed.....Here or abroad. If you ever find yourself anywhere close to here, a stay is a must!! Historically elegant, beautiful and affordable."
"Been several times and will go back several more. Its our go to spot for really special occasions. The service is outstanding and the food is excellent always!!! Thank you to the Altland House staff for making this a great experience every time we visit."
Three words: German chocolate stout! My husband had the Black & Blue burger and I had the Firecracker Shrimp wrap. Highly recommend both. Wonderful service as well.
“A wonderfully atmosphere with a top quality chef”