The proud owner of The Black Bass, area businessman Jack Thompson and his family have been an integral part of the community for over 45 years.
Before restoring The Bass to its original splendor, the Thompson family had been longtime admirers and patrons. They personally oversaw its complete renovation and redesign, including retaining as much of the original artwork as possible.
In addition to the original artwork, two of the family's beloved golden retrievers were added to the restored murals in the foyer. Painted by artist Mark Pettegrow, Baxter Thompson and Munson Barnes appear behind the front entrance doors. When the doors are closed and locked at night, the brothers look over and protect our guests who are staying at the Hotel.
The improvements continued across the street at the historic Lumberville General Store. After an additional set of renovations in January 2015, the General Store reopened in the Spring of 2016 as a warm and inviting meeting place for locals, a convenient venue for hotel guests and tourists, and a rest stop for the cyclists and hikers making their way along the towpath and local roads and trails. Three separate rooms and an outdoor dining area offer comfortable space for lounging, meeting and socializing. Our cafe is open every day for breakfast and lunch, as well as Friday and Saturday night BYOB dinners. The General Store also houses the bakery that services the hotel.
In addition to the Thompson family's passion for historic conservation and renovation, they also operate The Thompson Organization, a customer-focused automotive dealer group in Central Bucks County. In 1969, Mr. Thompson opened one of the first Toyota dealerships in the country. Since then, the organization has grown to include Lexus (in Doylestown and Willow Grove), BMW, Maserati and Alfa Romeo, as well as Thompson Detail Center, Rent A Car and Collision Center. Click here to learn more about The Thompson Organization.