Put aside your fast pace and visit the Historic Springs of the Virginias. Take a historic tour through the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia…when fashionable summer meant “taking the waters” at the springs, spas and resorts of these two states. Historic Springs chronicles 75 of these historic retreats, with descriptions, drawings and photographs of these fascinating places.
The springs became popular in the late 1700’s-probably owing to their medicinal properties. The springs’ popularity peaked around the mid-1800’s, when prosperous Southern planters spent time and money summering at the various resorts. Historic Springs describes the daily life of a spa vacation-which included billiards, pistol galleries, horses and buggies, dancing, much eating and drinking-as well as the requisite three trips to the spring house for a tumbler of water.