The American Hotel was built in 1824 as a downtown stagecoach stop. In the 1840’s the structure was torn down to build a more spacious inn and tavern to meet the needs of the region. Freehold’s center of commerce, called the Market Yard, was growing profoundly as it was the county’s center for justice. The hotel served as a gathering place for local residents and as a way-point for travelers passing through the farmlands of central New Jersey. The hotel’s most famous visitor was Abraham Lincoln, who stopped here on his way to the White House in 1861.