WASHINGTON -- National Trust Historic Hotels of America added nine members for spring 2003.

This brings total membership in the program to 200 hotels representing 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada.

To qualify, properties must be located in a building that is at least 50 years old; listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places; or recognized locally as having historical significance. The latest additions are:

• The Blennerhasset, Parkersburg, W.Va. -- Built in 1889, the hotel once was the location of the First National Bank of Parkersburg, a hub for business dealings. Following a renovation in 2003, the property has returned to its original grandeur, offering European-style decor with granite vanities, marble showers, crown moldings and rich furnishings.

• Clifton, the Country Inn, Charlottesville, Va. -- The inn was the residence of Col. John Mosby, the "Grey Ghost of the Confederacy," who was able to evade Union troops by sneaking supplies and provisions into a hiding place outside the main house.

• Culver Hotel, Culver City, Calif. -- The munchkins from "The Wizard of Oz" resided here during the making of the film, and several returned in 1997 to celebrate the 59th anniversary of the filming.

• Hotel Monaco, Washington -- The hotel offers specially designed "tall rooms" with extra-long beds and extended showerheads. The property occupies what originally was the Tarriff Building in the nation's capital.

• Hotel San Carlos, Phoenix -- The city's first school was built on this site in 1874; guests have reported hearing laughter of the spirits of pupils of the old schoolhouse.

• The Inn and Spa at Berkeley Springs, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. -- Early Americans, including George Washington, were devotees of the rejuvenating powers found in the mineral springs located near the inn and spa, which today offers a full range of spa treatments to its guests.

• The Lombardy, Washington -- Originally built in 1929 as private residences, the hotel overlooks Pennsylvania Avenue at 21st and I Street, four blocks from the White House.

• Nassau Inn, Princeton, N.J. -- Norman Rockwell was commissioned to paint a mural for the inn to celebrate its rich colonial heritage -- it dates to 1756. The mural is on display in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, which draws its name from Rockwell's painting.

• Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa, New Castle, N.H. -- The property's "Ship Building" was modeled after the elegant ocean liners of the early 20th century and once offered ocean vistas; most guest rooms now offer ocean or harbor views.

A directory of member hotels can be purchased by sending a $4 check or money order to National Trust Historic Hotels of America, Box 320, Washington 20055-0320. Rooms at any member hotel can be reserved by calling (800) 678-8946, visiting www.historichotels.org or via the major GDSs using code HE.

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