Place: Hotel Charlotte
Location: Groveland, CA
Date of Investigation:
The Hotel Charlotte in Groveland, California, also known as Hotel Charlotte & Cafe or Hotel Charlotte & Restaurant, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
Opened in 1921, the Hotel Charlotte is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Charlotte DeFerrari, the hotels name sake and builder, was born in Genoa, Italy in 1881. Her family migrated to the California gold fields, when Charlotte was sixteen. During this era, the Groveland area went from boom to bust and back again. The gold rush and then the San Francisco Hetch-Hetchy water project brought prosperity and notoriety to the Groveland and Big Oak Flat settlements.
Shortly after arriving in Groveland, Charlotte’s father was killed in a mining accident at Hardin Flat, and young Charlotte took it upon herself to support and hold the family together. She began cooking for work crews, ranch hands and several local settlers. She then opened a restaurant in the building which is now the Iron Door Saloon, claimed by its proprietors to be the oldest continuously operating saloon in California.
In 1918, Charlotte built the hotel on the site of an old livery stable, and in 1921, she purchased the Gem Saloon, next door, annexing it to the Hotel Charlotte as a restaurant.