The Jackson House Bed and Breakfast

6 East Main Street P.O. Box 123, Railroad, Pennsylvania 17355
Innkeeper(s): Pam Nicholson
  • Introduction

    The Jackson House Bed and Breakfast -  Railroad, Pennsylvania

    The Jackson House Bed and Breakfast is an historic 1859 Inn with six beautifully-appointed guest rooms, situated in beautiful southern York County right on the Heritage/NCR Rail Trail. We serve a full, hearty breakfast to our guests in our stone-walled dining room each morning. The inn features a wine cellar, parlor, big 8-person hot tub, gardens, ponds, waterfall, porches, and patios. There are loads of fun things to do in the area including riding bikes on the rail trail, the Steam Into History Train-ride, visiting wineries and antique shops, and touring Amish Country Hershey or Gettysburg.

    During your stay,relax in the garden by the waterfall, stroll through the terraced gardens, or enjoy rocking on the front porch watching the travelers on the rail trail. The Great Room offers another area to meet other guests, converse with friends, read a book, or ponder at the antique furnishings, including a register from 1911 for the Jackson House Hotel. The original restored woods floors, stone walls, and 24" window sills create the atmosphere of stepping back in time and enjoying the quality of life in the past. The Jackson House Hotel in the beautiful Pennsylvania country side was built in 1859 during the era when Railroad, Pennsylvania was quite a thriving, industrial town. During the early 1900's, the Jackson House Hotel was known as one of the finest along the Northern Central Railroad. The steam heat and hot and cold running water were rare luxuries that most establishments could not afford during that time. The stone cistern that stored the hotel's water supply still remains intact today. The Jackson House is listed in the National Historic Registry.

    Southern York County has many sites to visit and tour, including lots of wineries and festivals, Harley Davidson York, antique shops, and the new Steam Into History Train. Other attractions in the area include Markets of Shrewsbury, Farmer's Markets and Nurseries, Heritage Rail Trail and the beautiful countryside. We are only a short drive to Gettysburg, Hershey Park, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and only 2 miles off I83.

    Your Comfort is Our Concern

    Clean · Quiet · Affordable
    Just a short drive to the Gettysburg Battle fields and Historic York
    Only 2 miles off of Interstate 83

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  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Pam Nicholson for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    To go bike-riding on the NCR/Heritage Rail Trail that runs alongside the inn or to ride the Steam Into History Train that's 1 1/2 miles away in New Freedom, PA.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We're known for amazing breakfasts, our 1859 wine cellar, the 8-person hot tub out back, our romantic cottage with the private porch that overlooks the waterfall and rail trail, and all the great stuff to do in the area. We have a rich history as a railroad hotel including an old guest registry from the early 1900's. I love the porches, patios, gardens and serving breakfast in our stone-walled dining room.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    To ride the train or bikes, visit the many wineries in the area, or as a midpoint from which to see Amish Country or Gettysburg.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "We've stayed at a lot of B&B's and this one is the best."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The growing number of grape-grower and wineries in the area.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Day 1 - Ride the rail trail and explore the area. Day 2- Amish Country Day 3 - Visit Wineries Day 4 - Gettysburg

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Captain Bob's Crab House and the Railroad General Store are across the street. New Freedom, which has restaurants, Bonkeys Ice Cream, 7 Sports Bar, and the Steam Into History Train, is a 30 minute walk down the trail.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The Glen Rock Mill Inn

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Yes. and the York County Visitors Guide, which we always have here at the inn.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 6 rooms, all with private bathrooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    Yes, we have 2 pet-friendly rooms.


  • Amenities

    • Wireless Internet service available
    • Outdoor Hot Tub overlooking the rail trail and waterfalls
    • Wine Cellar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Parlor
  • Pets Welcome

    Bordello Room

    The Bordello Room features a super-comfy king-sized bed and is decorated with our beautiful collection of pinup prints and calendars from the 1930's, 40's, and 50's. This room also has a private entrance/exit which overlooks the lovely terraced gardens and ponds and allows us to accomodate well-behaved pets.

  • How to Find Us

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    From Points North:

    Take I 83 south towards the Md. line. Get off at exit 4 Shrewsbury, make a right turn onto 851 west. Go approx. 2 miles on 851 west, the Jackson House will be on the left at the railroad tracks.

    From Points South:

    Take I 83 north towards the PA line. Get off at exit 4 Shrewsbury, make a left turn onto 851 west. Go approx. 2 miles on 851 west, the Jackson House will be on the left at the railroad tracks.

    Note: While passing thru Shrewsbury, do not take the 851 truck route, just follow the signs for 851 west.


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