Esther & John Faughnan 1909
Jim Dolan & Judy & Deb       
               Hazen  1954
Lillian Hazen  1940's
Al & Judy Hazen
1950's
May 6, 1948
Bar Area
May 6, 1948
Shanley Dinning Room
Shanley Family Easter  1906
James Shanley & Friends 1914
The Colonial Hotel & Neighboring building (The first
hotel before it burned down.)
In a picture postcard setting with views of the Shawangunk Mountains in the distance, in a sleepy little hamlet of the historic Hudson Valley is the Shanley Hotel. No matter
where you seemed to go, someone had a great time at Shanley's.

From the late 1800's to the early 1900's the Shanley Hotel was a summer vacation destination and had been the resting stop on the railroad for many a weary traveler. It was
the towns favorite watering hole and home for the hard workers during the D&H Canal to the Industrial age. Aka....tending to the nobility ,consisting of a 'Private Gentleman's
Club Quarters' doors only opened to their distinguish members and availability to the 'Ladies'.  

The original hotel was first built by Thomas Ritch in 1845, claiming in a local newspaper to be, "one of the area's best with fine food and new furnishing."  In 1851 it became
Hungerford's Hotel, "one of the most beautiful and commodious public houses to be found in any section of the country." Several owners later, Adolph Wagner, a popular
landlord, bought the hotel in January of 1887.  On March 18, 1895 trouble came when a nearby house caught  fire.  It spread to the hotel, burning it down to the foundation.  
By September, the new frame was up and in November it was open to the public once again.

There have been many owners since then but the one who seemed to have  placed The Napanoch Hotel on the map was James Louis Shanley.  He was born in Ireland on
October 31 (Halloween), 1874 and moved with his family to New York City. James and his brothers were successful business men, opening many elegant restaurants and  
Hotels across the country. He moved upstate and purchased the hotel on October 1, 1906.  In 1908 he added a bowling alley, billiard room and barber shop to the building.

James Shanley was a gallant man and well loved in the community. He married Beatrice Rowley on April 26,1910.  The town turned out for an 'good old time skimmerton ,with
a grand parade welcoming back the honeymooners  from Washington D.C..

The Shanleys welcomed everyone, with entertainment, card and domino torments, as well as glorious parties and holding special events.  
The rich and famous were also fans of the Shanleys.  Thomas Edison and Eleanor Roosevelt were  frequent guests and close friends.  The Shanleys attended the Inaugural
Ball in Washington for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Eleanor Roosevelt took particular care on making the arrangements.  In 1933, Eleanor and her friend motored from
Rosco to Hyde Park, stopping at the Shanley's for a social visit.

Cheerful times were without hardships and the hotel had their share.  Mrs. Beatrice Shanley had three children, all of which died within nine months of birth.  Beatrice was
known for her high teas and social card parties. Extravagant perfumes, priceless jewelry, and fancy clothing adorned her petite figure.  Garnished on her Victorian bed were
sheets made of satin and silk.  Apparently, she adored children, allowing them to take their afternoon naps on her bed.

Mrs. Shanley's sister, Esther Faughman, and brother in-law, John Faughman, lived in an adjoining apartment.  Esther was a beautiful woman with a big heart.  She yearned
for her friends and family back home in New York City, and patiently  waited by the mahogany telephone booth each day for the phone to ring.  Sadly, she died, leaving her
precious little girls for Beatrice and James to raise.         

The hotel's barber suffered tragedy likewise, when his 4 year old daughter drowned in the well.  There were several other accidental deaths, missing persons and rumors of
murder through out the years.       

In 1937 the community suffered a great loss when James endured a heart attack and died August 26th.  Several priests attended to his funeral services. Among the many
expressions of sorrow and sympathy sent from far and near to Mrs. Shanley, was one from Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, wife of the President of the United States.  Mrs.
Roosevelt sent flowers to Mrs. Shanley and in a accompanying letter expressed regret that she had not known of Mr. Shanley's death in time so that she might have attended
the funeral.

In 1944, Beatrice sold the hotel to Allen Hazen and moved back to NYC.  Interestingly, Al Hazen was born and had died the same days (different years) as James Shanley.
The owners of the hotel over the years were mostly family oriented yet welcome travelers far and near.   If the hotel wasn't your home, it was definitely your second lodging.

Ownership changed hands repeatedly soon after Mr. Hazen's death, eventually leaving the hotel vacant and in distress. Under the current dedicated ownership of
Salvatore
Nicosia
 the hotel is being lovingly restored to his former glory, salvaging its memories and atoning its noble history.   After a one night stay, visitors feel the same, it is their
home too.
Mr. and Mrs. Shanley visited
the President's home and
would stay for several weeks,
as well as Eleanor to the
Shanley Hotel. They  use
their 'nobility' to raise money
for local charities by holding
many Events and Balls.
Shanley Hotel History
Year
Month
Day
Event
1845
    Hotel built by Thomas Ritch
1851
    "Hungerford's Hotel"
1876
October
31
Birth date of James Louis Shanley
1887
January
  Hotel purchased by Adolph Wagner
1895
March
18
The hotel burned to the ground
1895
September
  New building is framed up
1895
November
  Hotel reopened for business
1900
April
  US Federal Census shows owner George Gosselin, family and others in
residence
1906
October
1
James Louis Shanley purchased "The Colonial Hotel" from George
Gosselin for $10,000.
1906
October
  Mr. Shanley holds a public party, dinner and dance for hotel opening
1908
May
28
Addition built for bowling alley, barber shop, billiard room and 'apartments'
1909
September
2
James Shanley reports "best season ever"
1910
February
6
State of the art barber shop opened
1910
April
7
James Shanley engagement to Beatrice Rowley
1910
April
26
James and Beatrice married in the hotel
1910
May
12
Skimmerton party for James & Beatrice's return from honeymoon
1911
July
18
Kathleen Shanley born
1911
June
1
Rosanna "Rosie" Grager (daughter of barber Peter Grager) died
1911
November
3
Pig Roast dinner for Democratic Party
1912
January
6
Infant Kathleen Shanley died (5 months 24 days)
1913
September
10
James Shanley, Jr. born
1914
January
21
James Shanley, Jr. Died (4 months 11 days)
1914
June
22
James Shanley purchases Reo Tour Car
1915
September
  6 year old boy was hit by a doctor's car backing out of the alley between
hotel and the doctor's house. The boy sustained severe head injuries.   
Could this be Jonathon?
1916
January
30
William Shanley born
1916
February
19
Fire in the ice house. New auto fire truck credited with saving hotel from
total destruction.
1916
November
9
William Shanley died (9 months, 10 days)
1918
October
16
Esther Rowley Faughnan died during childbirth
1919
January
26
Andrew Shanley (brother of James) died at age 49
1927
July
22
Marie & Kathleen Faughnan of Napanoch visit their father John in
Kingston
1927
December
10
Hotel closed for the winter
1928
April
15
Hotel reopened for the new season
1930
March
21
Michael Shanley (brother of James) died
1931
January
8
Hotel closed for the winter
1931
April
16
Hotel reopened for the new season
1932
February
26
Hotel raided for booze
1932
October
6
Thomas Shanley (brother of James) died
1933
August
3
Eleanor Roosevelt is a guest
1933
March
2
Mr. & Mrs. Shanley attended inaugural ball in Washington, D.C.
1935
May
  Mr. & Mrs. Shanley celebrated Silver Wedding Anniversary at the hotel
with a party for 50 guests
1937
August
16
Engagement of Kathleen Faughnan announced by Mrs. Shanley at tea
1937
August
26
James Louis Shanley died
1939
June
12
Kathleen Faughnan married Jacob Rippert at the Hotel Shanley
1941
April
13
Hotel fire on Easter Sunday due to faulty chimney. Mrs. Shanley returned
from church to see the flames coming through the roof.
1944
    Beatrice Shanley sold the hotel to Allen Hazen
1971
August
26
Al Hazen died in Napanoch, NY
1976
July
15
Newspaper article about increased police presence near the hotel due to
drinking, drag racing, vandalism and harassment
1978
April
17
Noise complaint
1979
April
5
William Blackmur (hotel resident) died
1961
November
27
Mrs. Shanley died
2005
July
  Hotel Shanley purchased by Sal Nicosia