One day last weekend we sent south to see Berkeley Springs in West Virginia.
One of the earliest colonial visitors to these springs was George Washington. From the time he was sixteen, when he first visited while surveying in 1748, Washington visited the area, owned land, and bathed in and around Berkeley Springs.
Although the area around the warm springs was named Bath in 1776, it is known throughout the world by it’s 1802 post office name, Berkeley Springs. The colonial elite made it the country’s first spa. Founders and buyers of the first lots sold in 1777 to George and Samuel Washington
as well as three signers of the Declaration and Constitution, two Revolutionary War generals and half a dozen members of the Continental Congress.
The museum is located on the second floor of of the historic Roman Bath house, which was built in 1815. On the ground floor, it has nine individual bathing chambers with tubs that hold 750 gallons of mineral water heated to 102 degrees.
Open for use, we of course had to have the experience of soaking!
A huge castle looks over the town. It is a private residence, and was originally built as a summer cottage in 1885 out of local sandstone.
Above, and west of the town there is a Panorama Overlook, seeing West Virginia on the left, and Maryland on the right of the Potomac River. Just south is the juncture with the Cacapon River, and a small town Great Cacapon. Nearby, Washington owned 240 acres of riverfront land.
We are intrigued by the area.
Close to the camp is a beautiful covered bridge
The barns in the area are beautiful and unique. The top story comes out over the bottom, and the brick work often displays a design, like this one with the horse at the top!