About the Inn
A Most Unique Lancaster Hotel Experience at The Fulton Steamboat Inn!
Many guests of the Fulton Steamboat Inn Lancaster frequently ask: "Why a steamboat in the middle of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania?" The reason: Robert Fulton, the man most responsible for developing the idea of propelling boats by steam, was born just a few miles from our very location, making our unique hotel a Robert Fulton inn!
In 1765, Robert Fulton was born in a small farmhouse just a few miles south of the Fulton Steamboat Inn. Robert Fulton is credited with turning the steamboat into a commercial success and transforming transportation history.
Robert Fulton began his career as an artist, but later turned his attention toward mechanical engineering. Robert Fulton worked diligently to improve mill designs, and also contributed greatly to new innovations in canal systems. While working on the Erie Canal, Robert Fulton developed one of the earliest "diving boats," and pioneered submarine technology.
In 1807, Robert Fulton teamed with another engineer, and both designed and constructed the first successful steam powered ship, The Clermont. Sailing from Albany to New York City, the new means of transportation garnered worldwide fascination.
Robert Fulton continued to engineer several improvements pertaining to both steam travel and submarine development. He is most recognized for his achievement in creating the first steam-powered ship, and transforming the way in which people traveled around the world. Thus, we honor his achievements and welcome you aboard the Fulton Steamboat Inn for the best lodging in Lancaster PA.
Thomas the Train™ is making his 1st 2014 Stop in Lancaster, PA, June 14 to the 22nd!
Rain or Shine, there are always plenty of things to do in Lancaster, PA. The Fulton Steamboat Inn is located within minutes of Lancaster's most popular attractions! Whether you're thinking of visiting Lancaster for an Ride on Thomas The Train, to shop until you drop at Rockvale Outlet, to bring the one you love for a romantic getaway, or for sharing memories with the whole family... Lancaster County, PA has something for you! Check out upcoming events in Lancaster County to plan your Nautical Adventure aboard a Steamboat!