A successful businessman, he bought the Pennsylvania Hotel in 1840, which burned down in 1864. Undeterred, he decided to build the Brockerhoff Hotel, completing it in 1866. In addition to the hotel and the mill, which was believed to have been built in 1862, he was a stockholder and president of the Centre County Banking Company during the 1860s. The Brockerhoff family owned the building for well over a century. It is not clear when it was converted into an assisted living residence. The first floor features a few businesses.