SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa. -

Folks who want to save the King George Inn hope a large group of preservation-minded residents will attend the South Whitehall Township Zoning Board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday to protest the proposed demolition of the 257-year-old building.

They want the former restaurant at the intersection of Cedar Crest and Hamilton boulevards to be incorporated into plans to redevelop the site rather than being demolished.

So far they have collected 2,250 signatures on petitions to save the structure, which is the oldest colonial-era buildings in the township and among the oldest in the Lehigh Valley.

Last week Lehigh County commissioners voted 6-3 to support efforts to save the inn by sending a letter to South Whitehall officials that encourages the adaptive re-use of that building.

Township commissioners will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, but nothing specifically mentioning King George Inn is on their agenda.