Eastern United States

The Roman Bath House (Berkeley Springs) - Hot Springs in the U.S.

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.

Berkeley Springs State Park 3

The small town has a small state park in the center.

Pool

There is a swimming pool after crossing a ditch.

Berkeley Springs State Park 1

Another ditch is flowing around the edge of the park; there are several warm springs along it.

Old Roman Bathhouse 1

The Original Lord Fairfax Spring is one of the most active springs.

Old Roman Bathhouse 2

From the natural rock ground segmented by concrete walls, crystal clear water at 75 degrees F is gushing.

The Original Lord Fairfax Spring Bath 2

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.

The Original Lord Fairfax Spring Bath 1

Beside another spring, there is Old Roman Bath House built in 1815.

Old Roman Bathhouse 3

I saw it being renovated, but it would reopen in case of terminating the COVID-19 restrictions in 2020.

Fountain

Next to the bath house, there are fountains to drink the mineral water.

It was smooth-tasting.

George Washington Bath Tub

Alpaca
Ahh, George Washington’s Bathtub…
Tiny!
Capybara

Actually, the bath tub for the first president is a replica, but is interesting enough for the small size.

Ladies' Spring

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.

Main Bathhouse

There are five bathrooms; all of them are for private use.

Lobby

Guests are asked to change clothes to the robe before entering bathrooms.

Changing Room

Basically, only one changing room is available for all the guests.

Spa 2

If you chose some spa menus, you will have the treatment in the large room.

Spa 1

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.

Private Bath 3

Originally the spring water is not so hot, so that it was heated by steam up to 102 degrees F.

Private Bath 1

When moving the lever, massive amount of spring water began to be added.

Private Bath 2

The water in the tub became lower, which could be more comfortable in hot season.

Almost heaven, West Virginia!

Summary

The Roman Bath House, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, U.S.

Rating

  • Style
    Walk-in
  • Rule
    Private
  • Chlorine
    Not detected
  • Warmth
    74 degrees F (gushing point)

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