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Reflections is the perfect spot for pleasant dining and superb cuisine. We specialize in delicious and reasonably priced cuisine, including our house specialties and other customer favorites. Our entrees are served in a relaxed and welcoming setting that you and your friends and family are sure to enjoy. Whether you are in the mood to indulge in something new or just want to enjoy some old favorites, we promise that our inventive menu and attentive service will leave you truly satisfied. No matter what your occasion calls for or your appetite demands, the friendly staff at Reflections promise to make your next dining experience a pleasant one.

Reflections Restaurant History

In 1775 John Bear built his Catfish Wayside Inn on the Lancaster – Reading Turnpike (Oregon Rd). For the next 200+ years, the hotel has been host to travelers and local residents. In the hotels history, it has served as a courthouse, jail, church, and distribution center for cattle.

Stained Glass at Reflections

The well in the lounge dates back to the 1739 building, which burned down in 1771. The last week of September in 1777, the hotel hosted many weary Philadelphians who were part of the 700 wagon train on its way Lancaster transporting the continental congress. Among those who watched the wagon train were John Luther Styer who lived In a log cabin where the garage now stands. John Styer helped row George Washington across the Delaware just 9 months previously. He would be remembered in Emanuel Leutz’s painting of the event.

In 1859, the Oregon Territory became a state and the tiny town of catfish and the hotel changed their name to Oregon to celebrate the event.
In 1935, Obie Miller purchased the hotel from the Wacker Brewing Co. Obie knocked down the stone wall on the east side of the building to increase floor size.

In 1984, the present owners extensively remodeled the building. They tried to blend some new things with the old. Be sure to note the hand dug well which dates back to 1739 in the lounge area. The stained glass and the wood in the back raiser is from the Lancaster courthouse when it was being remodeled and the wheels of fortune are from Rocky Springs Amusement Park.

History courtesy of Carl H. Kleman
Longtime friend and customer of hotel and area resident