Updated: 2 May 2015
Abraham Ditto was a prominent local merchant who specialized in flat boat construction in the early 1800’s. Ditto and brother-in-law Samuel Lansdale constructed this two-story brick house, which was used first as an inn. Later it served as Ditto’s residence. The house was then used as an army hospital for the Union Civil War Soldiers that built Fort Duffield in 1861-62. After the war, it was the Reed Place Hotel. In 1905, Dr. J. V. Prewitt purchased the property and used it as his residence and office. During World War I, the house was used as a canteen by the troops of Camp Knox.