A mineral spring loved by the first president of the United States.
The George Washington Bath Tub is a must-see.
Berkeley Springs State Park
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia's only spa town, is less than a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C.
Small state park located in the middle of the small town.
Beyond the first channel, I found a family pool.
The second channel ran along the park's edge facing the hill, with sources concentrated between the hillside and the ditch.
The Original Lord Fairfax Spring was one of the most active springs.
The pools were separated by concrete and exposed bedrock.
The water was clear and 75 degrees F.
In 1748, George Washington, a 16-year-old young man, visited this area in the service of Lord Fairfax.
Records show that even after his fame as the first president, he often revisited here.
Did he remember how he felt when he started and stayed motivated?
At the far end of the other pool, the Old Roman Bathhouse, built in 1815, was still in existence.
It was under renovation at the time of my visit, but I was explained that it would reopen for business when the pandemic was over.
Next to the old bathhouse were drinking fountains.
The first presidential bathtub in the United States, a superpower.
Unfortunately, this is a replica not based on historical facts, but it was interesting and a must-see.
If the old bathhouse is at the north end of the park, the new bathhouse is at the south end.
The Main Bathhouse, although "new," was founded in 1929.
I waited my turn in the waiting room, which had a lovely atmosphere.
There were five soaking rooms, all of which were reserved for private use.
I was taken to a changing room separated by a curtain and changed into a bathrobe.
All guests will use one changing room at different times.
Those who ordered spa menus other than soaking would receive their treatments in this large room.
I was shown to a long and narrow private room.
The pool was already fed with warm water, and plenty of towels and drinking water were provided.
The water temp was low, so it was heated with steam and kept at 102 degrees F.
Small, quiet, and relaxing space.
Twisting the lever, the cold spring water was poured in with a rumbling sound.