The charming village of Warm Springs was placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018. Simply stroll through the village and see buildings and architecture that represents over 200 years of settlement. The stories of the people who built the community are endless. Thankfully, there are now three new official Historical Highway Markers to shed light on some of those fascinating stories.
A testament to how important historic preservation is to Bath County was the turnout at the unveiling ceremony on October 17, 2021. Dozens of residents, media and VIP guests shuttle from one location to the next in a day-long celebration of preservation.
The new roadside markers cover three distinctly different aspects of Warm Springs history:
One located near the junction of Routes 39 and 220, highlights the Warm Springs Baths. These two historic structures were built in the 1820s and 1870s respectively. Visitors have made the journey to Bath County for centuries to take the healing waters of the natural warm springs. The two bath houses are genuine icons of the county. Note: The structures have been closed to the public in recent years. They are currently undergoing a meticulous renovation that is scheduled for completion in late 2022.
Another marker is located at the corner of US 220 and Courthouse Hill Road. It tells the story of several significant historic buildings and their architectural style. The buildings mentioned include the current courthouse and the previous courthouse, which is now an inn and restaurant.
The third marker is in West Warm Springs on Route 39. It offers a glimpse into the role of African-Americans who purchased land and settled in the community after the Civil War.
The new markers are the result of several years of work, research and dialogue with state officials by Preservation Bath. This non-profit, volunteer group is dedicated to preserving Bath County’s cultural and architectural heritage. Preservation Bath has been a valued partner to the Office of Tourism, assisting with content for this website, as well as our visitor guide.
With the addition of the three new Historical Highway Markers, there are now 20 of them across the county. Enjoy cruising around and learning about Bath County history. Along the way, you’ll find beautiful mountain scenery, legendary hospitality and great local restaurants.