The Speigletown Hotel was on the west side of the Speigletown Road in the center of Speigletown. The building still stands, but is no longer a public lodging house or restaurant.

☞ MORRISON’s HOTEL at Speigletown was the scene of a pleasant gathering on Wednesday night. A large party of Trojans in barouches had a social dance at that hospitable place—returning during the small hours of the morning.
Troy Daily Times. October 3, 1863: 3 col 4.

BALL.—A grand fancy dress masquerade ball will be held at Morrison’s Hotel, Speigletown, two miles from Lansingburgh, on Monday evening next. Morrison is noted for getting up these affairs satisfactory to all who attend, and a nice time may be expected. The music will be furnished by Quackenbush & Goodspeed’s band. Conveyances will leave the Butler House, Lansingburgh. Don’t fail to attend.
“Business Notices.” Troy Daily Times. January 30, 1864: 3 col 3.

TWO HOTELS FOR SALE.—The subscriber, unexpectedly finding that business will call him south immediately, will sell his new hotel on the new avenue, Lansingburgh, and also his lease, furniture and interest in the hotel now kept by him in Speigletown. The last named house has been doing a fine paying business for the past four years, and has a good run of customers that will pay a man to keep a hotel. The lease has two years to run; the furniture is sound, new and good, and all will be sold low. The new house at Lansingburgh, now just completed, is one of the most desirably located houses in all this northern country. It is the only hotel now on this splendid avenue, and the man who takes it and keep it well, with ordinary caution and care, cannot fail to make a fortune there in a few years. Letters addressed to me at Lansingburgh will meet with attention, or I can be seen personally at my hotel, Speigletown.
ap16-1w J. A. MORRISON.
Troy Daily Times. April 16, 1864: 1 col 2.

☞ FIRE IN SPIEGLETOWN.—The hotel of James Morrison, in Spiegletown, three miles above [the Village of] Lansingburgh and six miles North of this city, was destroyed by fire last night. The fire broke out about 12 o’clock—origin unknown—and spread quickly to the adjoining buildings on the North and South. The buildings were all frame structures and the inmates had scarcely time to save their lives. Only a small portion of their furniture was rescued. The building on the South was occupied by Mr. Sipperly, who had but recently moved into the house. It was owned by Mrs. Filkins. The hotel property was owned by William Baucus, of Schaghticoke, whose loss is about $4,000, said to be partially insured. The building on the North was owned by Valentine Perry, and was occupied by one of his workmen. A small wagon shop, adjoining Mr. Perry’s house, which was unoccupied, was also destroyed. The loss of Mr. Perry is about $400, and Mrs. Filkins about $800. James Dougrey sustains a loss of about $800 by the calamity, having had a quantity of furniture stored in the South house, which was destroyed. Mr. Morrison’s loss is said to be $2,000. A message for help was sent to Lansingburgh, and engine No. 5 went up, rendering good service. The light was also plainly seen in Troy by our firemen. The Rankin “hitched up,” and the other steamers were ready for service also. The fire appeared to be in Waterford, and no alarm was sounded.
Troy Daily Times. September 28, 1864: 3 col 4.

☞ LANSINGBURGH.—The ‘burgh has had an excitement. The Gazette particularizes:
“The Speigletown Hotel was sold a few days ago to Mrs. Redner for $5500. It seems, however, that the grantor had, but a few days before, leased the property to a Mr. Williams, of Pittstown, for five years, of which he gave Mrs. R. no notice, and agreed to put her in possession forthwith. The next day after receiving her deed, Alida innocently loaded up her furniture and started for her new home. Upon getting there, she found it not so easy a matter to take possession, for before the break of day, that morning, Williams had taken possession under his lease, and the capital of the (to be) town of Lincoln was in arms against the ‘burgh woman, as it was reported five hundred women and four hundred men were on the ground ready and willing to fight the lone purchaser. Considering discretion the better part of valor, Alida abandoned the field and resorted to her legal remedy against the grantor. We understand the matter has been amicably settled without bloodshed, Mrs. R. receiving $500 and all her expenses to reconvey.”
Troy Daily Times. April 6, 1866: 3 col 3.

—A vote taken at Dusenberry’s hotel in Spiegletown on Wednesday evening resulted as follows Grant 18 Greeley 1.
“Local Briefs.” Troy Daily Whig. August 16, 1872: 3 col 1.

“Speigletown.” County Atlas of Rensselaer, New York. F. W. Beers & Co., 1876.

Ray's Hotel. (Formerly Dusenberry's,) North Lansingburgh, Theodore Ray, Proprietor.—Summer Boarders entertained in first-class style at reasonable rates.  Fine Ball-Room and Sumptuous Table.—Special Attention to Parties and Transient Patrons.—Superior Sheds and Stabling and careful Grooms always in Attendance. m25l y1.

“Ray’s Hotel.” Lansingburgh Courier. March 25, 1882: 3 col 3. (Cropped and edited from scan by )

A Model Hotel.

Since the advent of Theodore Ray into Speigletown in the role of land­lord, North Lansingburgh has had what every borough, village or city that is alive to its best interests so much needs; viz, a first-class hotel. At Ray’s North Lansingburgh hostel­ry nothing appears to be lacking that can tend in any way to promote the comfort and convenience of either transient or permanent guests. The larder is constantly supplied with all the substantials and delicacies of the season, while the bar, and wine and ale vaults are stocked with the finest wines, the choicest whiskeys, the purest ales and porter and the best cigars, imported and domestic, manu­factured. A telephone in the office places Mine Host Ray and his guests as well, in direct an instant communication with all parts of the world. A physician may be summoned, a telegram sent or any order given to market man or merchant as read­ily at Speigletown as in the heart of any city. In fact, the patrons of Mr. Ray can enjoy all the advantages the residents of a city without any of the discomforts and annoyances incident to city life. For a quiet, homelike and at the same time elegant resort for summer boarders, singly or in families, Ray’s North Lansingburgh hotel stands unrivaled.
Lansingburgh Courier. April 7, 1883: 2 col 6.


TO RENT or for sale—Speigletown Hotel property for private use, terms $1,500. Inquire of Frederick Romp, head of Fourteenth St., Troy, or Job Doty, Melrose, N. Y.
Troy Times. March 8, 1920: 10 col 4.

Speigletown Hotel North Troy Dine and Dance to the Swing Rhythm of Slim Franklin's Music Every Night Special Attraction Ed Wynd and His Musical Wash Band Steam Clams and CLam Chowder Italian Spaghetti We Cater to Banquets and Parties Frank Laureate, Prop.

“Speigletown Hotel.” Times Record. November 13, 1936: 20 col 1.


A joint meeting of the Sunset Heights and Speigletown Units of the County War Council will be held at the Speigletown Hotel Thursday at 8 p.m. Plans will be discussed for the erection of a service flag and honor roll of the men of the community in the armed forces.
Times Record. August 11, 1942: 11 col 4.

Screen capture of “Meeting at the Speigletown Hotel” ca. 1944 from “Story of the Speigletown Fire Co., Part 1” home movie shared on YouTube Nov 20, 2012 by robertkehn.


The Speigletown Home Bureau held its annual Christmas party and dinner last night at the Speigletown Hotel.
Table decorations were in Christmas greens. Mrs. Joseph Rodriquez was chairman. Mrs. Arlie Smith and Mrs. Rodriquez served as co-chairmen in charge of games. Prizes were won by Mrs. Albert Dansereau, Mrs. Irving Randall and Mrs. John T. Rasmussen.
Mrs. Joseph Tully was in charge of reservations. A grabbag was also enjoyed.
Times Record. December 22, 1950: 22 col 3.

Former Speigletown Hotel. Google Street View. September 2016.