1880s: A General Store, a Post Office & More
By 1880, brothers William and Gerhard Langhorst purchased Twenty Mile House and made the first expansion of the property. The brothers added the general store that is the centerpiece of the property to this day. The general store at Twenty Mile House was built with a handmade counter, wood stove, and cowhide chairs. Gerhard became sole owner of the property several years later and continued to expand by applying for a federal post office. He maintained his position as postmaster of Cromberg for over three decades, until his death in 1919.
Prior to his death, Langhorst grew the property even more, with a two-story addition of 10 hotel rooms adjoining the general store. No traveler was ever turned away from the lodging at Twenty Mile House. Meals were served all day and all were welcome to spend time in the parlor on the ground floor of the house. A favorite meal of the travelers in those days was roast bear, and while we strive to maintain the authenticity of the early Twenty Mile House, some things have certainly changed.