In 1787, Prince William visited Nova Scotia and met the ambitious Frances Wentworth. Succumbing to Mrs. Wentworth's charms, the young prince returned again in 1788. After years of scandal and distance, their friendship was mended when the prince displayed great support to Frances' husband as the Governor of Nova Scotia during the American Revolution. When the young prince ascended the throne in 1830, Dr. Bolman constructed the home to commemorate the coronation. The house was later purchased by John Zwicker to take advantage of the booming West Indian Trade. Under the Zwicker family's ownership, the hotel underwent renovations transforming it to a Georgian-Victorian blend of architecture until 1953.