Long before European Americans came to the Allegheny Mountains, Native Americans considered the region now known as Bath as a sacred space. Many came to enjoy the healing springs that bubble to the earth’s surface in natural pools in the Warm Springs Valley. In the 18th Century, the area gradually became a place of retreat and rejuvenation for European colonists, culminating in the establishment of what we know today as The Omni Homestead Resort in 1766.

Many more historic icons remain here, including the Jefferson Pools in Warm Springs, which has soothed tourists since the 1700’s. South of Hot Springs, visitors can explore the antebellum Warwick Mansion in Hidden Valley, the set for the film Sommersby, starring Jody Foster and Richard Gere. In addition, many of the buildings throughout the county were built during the pre and post Civil War era and offer a wealth of history. The Warm Springs Inn, for example, originally served as the county’s first courthouse and jail. Guests of the inn can still see where prisoners were held in the 19th Century and dine in the former courtroom and judge’s chambers.

Other historic places remain today including the Mustoe house (the oldest structure in the County) as well as other landmarks, historic villages and cemeteries.

Cemeteries

  • Chestnut Cemetery

    GPS: 38.168°N, 79.890°W

  • Christ Church at Union Chapel Cemetery

    1974 Sam Snead Highway
    Hot Springs, VA
  • Cleek Cemetery

    Route 220 North of Warm Springs
    VA

    GPS: 38.193°N, 79.732°W

  • Green Valley Cemetery

    GPS: 38.073°N, 79.586°W

  • Jacob Cleek Cemetery

    Route 220 North of Warm Springs
    VA
  • Mount Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery

    5742 Cowpasture River
    Millboro, VA
  • Mount Mary Cemetery

    GPS: 38.162°N, 79.466°W

  • Mountain Grove Cemetery

    Located just off Route 39, left on Gatewood Drive
    VA
  • The Pines Cemetery

    GPS: 37.942°N, 79.568°W

  • Warm Springs Cemetery

    Located on Route 220 next to the Old Dairy Barn
    VA

    GPS: 38.050°N, 79.781°W

Historical Markers

Libraries and Museums

  • Bath County Historical Society and Research Library

    99 Courthouse Hill Road
    Warm Springs, VA

    The Bath County Historical Society Museum has several dioramas, exhibits and artifacts including period clothing, antique sidesaddles, farm tools and Civil War and Native American artifacts; Entrance to the museum is free but donations are always accepted and appreciated. The Research Center and Library is a treasure trove of information for researchers and genealogists alike. Included in the collection of materials are official records, books, published and unpublished family histories and materials covering the County of Bath in particular, as well as Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. Use of the research library is free for residents. Non-residents are asked to pay a researchers fee of $5.00 per day for the use of materials. The Society Gift Corner also includes County of Bath books, historical prints and other seasonal items for purchase.

  • Bath County Public Library

    96 Courthouse Hill Road
    Warm Springs, VA
    • 540-839-7286

    Hours of Operation: Monday:10am-6pm, Tuesday:12pm-8pm, Wednesday:1pm-6pm, Thursday:10am-8pm, Friday: 10am-5pm, and Saturday: 1pm-5pm, Sunday closed

    The Bath County Public Library is a full service public library, with computers and free, secure wireless internet. Meeting rooms are also available. Reservations can be made at the Reference Desk. General collection includes an excellent local history collection, and microfilm of local newspaper and census. Fax and photocopies services available for a fee.

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