If those hotel doors could talk? Old Greencastle Hotel swinging doors for sale

PAT FRIDGEN
Lynn Plum hopes someone has a special use for part of Greencastle's history. The suspended doors are well over 50-years-old.

A former Greencastle resident hopes someone finds value in what he considers a historic piece of the borough's history. Lynn Plum, Mercersburg, is selling a pair of swinging doors that used to hang in the Franklin Hotel at 11 N. Carlisle St. And he knows they are authentic because he took them out of the building himself.

Plum, 78, used to work for the Echo Pilot when its office was in the northeast corner of Center Square. Down the hall he took a left into the print shop, which was in what used to be the hotel dining room/kitchen. He worked for publisher G. Fred Ziegler after he came out of the Air Force in 1954, as typesetter, both linotype and hand set, until 1969. He also operated the press and folder, and worked with Ziegler and his wife Helen, and James Clark, Helen Koser and Walter Shimer. Then Plum bought the Mercersburg Journal, which he ran until 1973. He stayed in the business though, by starting Mercersburg Printing and establishing a shopper, The Merchant. Plum retired in 1996 but both businesses are still active under new owners. Today he binds books from all over the country. People send him old Bibles, historical records, or anything they want to preserve, and he glues and sews the loose pages and attaches them to a hard cover.

Greencastle attorney and Franklin County judge William R. Davison owned the hotel building in the late '50s and kept an office by the Carlisle entrance. A barber and dentist also rented space at one time. When Davison decided to remodel, Plum asked his friendly acquaintance if he could have the bat wing doors, which moved in both directions. He just liked them.

Davison's reply was, "Sure, take them. They're no good to me."

So Plum took them home, as well as a wooden medicine cabinet. They have been in his attic ever since.

"I'm selling them because I have no use for them," he admitted. He said the doors were in perfect condition but could use some varnish. He wasn't sure what he would do with the cabinet.

He may be contacted at 328-2590.