The Drisco brothers decided
to build a luxury hotel
On September 22, 1866, a group of 40 American families arrived at the shores of Jaffa, bringing supplies, agricultural equipment and pre-fabricated wooden homes, just like those they left behind in their home state of Maine.
The colonists were led by George J. Adams, a self-proclaimed prophet, and founder of the New England Church of the Messiah. The group arrived in Palestine with a mission to prepare the land for the second coming, as detailed in the Church’s scriptures. Among these early colonists were two brothers, John and George Drisco, who unlike their fellow colonists who turned to farming, decided they wanted to build a hotel.