The State of West Virginia appears many times in the lyrics of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” written by John Denver.
In the state, there are mineral springs that George Washington frequently visited.
Berkeley Springs State Park
The only spa town in West Virginia, Berkeley Springs is around 2-hour drive from Washington D.C.
The small town has a small state park in the center.
There is a swimming pool after crossing a ditch.
Another ditch is flowing around the edge of the park; there are several warm springs along it.
The Original Lord Fairfax Spring is one of the most active springs.
From the natural rock ground segmented by concrete walls, crystal clear water at 75 degrees F is gushing.
In 1748, it was the first visit for George Washington when he was 16 years-old, as a land surveyor working for Fairfax.
Even after achieving fame as the first president of the United States, the record shows that he frequently visited here.
Beside another spring, there is Old Roman Bath House built in 1815.
I saw it being renovated, but it would reopen in case of terminating the COVID-19 restrictions in 2020.
Next to the bath house, there are fountains to drink the mineral water.
It was smooth-tasting.
Actually, the bath tub for the first president is a replica, but is interesting enough for the small size.
Main Bath House
The Main Bath House is located at the southern edge of the park.
It was built in 1929, which means “newer” bath house.
There are five bathrooms; all of them are for private use.
Guests are asked to change clothes to the robe before entering bathrooms.
Basically, only one changing room is available for all the guests.
If you chose some spa menus, you will have the treatment in the large room.
Finally, I got to the long and thin room.
The tub was already fed by fresh spring water.
Many towels and drinking water were prepared.
Originally the spring water is not so hot, so that it was heated by steam up to 102 degrees F.
When moving the lever, massive amount of spring water began to be added.
The water in the tub became lower, which could be more comfortable in hot season.
Almost heaven, West Virginia!
The Roman Bath House, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, U.S.
- RulePrivate bathroom
- ChlorinationNot detected
- Water TempHeated warm spring water