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Berkeley Springs is rich with historical events and people, including being the first spa town in the U.S. George Washington and his family actually lived in Berkeley Springs while he was a surveyor there. Among the best places to visit with your family and friends that allow you to experience the history are the Berkeley Springs Museum, “Taking the Waters”: Historical Roman Baths and Contemporary spas, “The Washington Heritage Trail in Morgan County”, “Treasure Tour of Berkeley Springs State Park”, Berkeley Castle, George Washington Archives, and the genealogical and historical society.

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    Museum of the Berkeley Springs

    The Museum of the Berkeley Springs is housed on the second floor of the 1815 Roman Bath House in Berkeley Springs State Park, oldest public building in the historic town. Through its exhibits, publications and activities, the Museum showcases the story of the famous warm mineral springs and their continuing impact on the life and […]

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    Berkeley Springs State Park

    Berkeley Springs State Park is located in the center of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The Bathhouse first opened in 1930. Since then, thousands have enjoyed the variety of baths and treatments in the warm mineral waters that flow from the springs at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees Fahrenheit. The springs discharge from five principle […]

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    The Town of Bath Historic Landmark Commission

    The Town of Bath has a rich history of more than 250 years as the country’s first spa and notable resort area. Not only does it possess one of the most prominent colonial histories in West Virginia, it is also prominent on the national level. The Historic Landmark Commission seeks to preserve the historic sites […]

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    Berkeley Castle

    Rosa Pelham Suit would have approved of Andrew Gosline, current owner of her precious stone cottage known to the world as Berkeley Castle especially since he has her portrait hanging in the gleaming wood dining room. He enhanced the gardens, expanded the terraces and rebuilt the turret guardhouse that she added in 1893. The three-story […]

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    George Washington Archives

    Although he spent fewer than six months total time working and visiting in the area that is today Berkeley Springs, George Washington is a major figure in the history of the springs and town. He was among the first visitors to the “fam’d warm springs” in 1748, ’50 and ’51 when the area was still […]

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    Walking Tour of Berkeley Springs

    Established as the town of Bath by the Virginia Legislature in 1776, the settled area around the famous warm mineral springs began developing several decades earlier. Always a resort town, the compact downtown district is today a charming area filled with interesting shops, inns, cafes and spas still centered around the warm springs. We invite […]

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    The Washington Heritage Trail in the Eastern Panhandle

    The towns and countryside along the Washington Heritage Trail boast an abundance of services for visitors from hundreds of lodging rooms to exceptional dining, shopping and art. For the most complete listing of all visitor services, contact the Convention and Visitors Bureaus for the three counties.

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    The Washington Heritage Trail in Morgan County

    From his first visit as a teenage surveyor through the reading of his will more than 50 years later, Washington owned land, visited friends and supported industry in the Eastern Panhandle. The 80-mile segment of the trail here in Morgan County is centered around Berkeley Springs and continues on to its westernmost terminus in Paw […]