Bath County Historical Sites and Museums
Your stay at The Inn at Gristmill Square will be enhanced when you learn about the rich history of Bath County.
Bath County Historical Society Museum, Warm Springs
Start your historical journey at the Historical Society Museum and Research Library located in Warm Springs, Virginia next to the Bath County Courthouse. It's within walking distance of the Inn at Gristmill Square.
The items in the Museum have all been donated by friends of the Society who want to see Bath County history preserved for future generations. These artifacts are of interest to all those who visit, not only the local people, but visitors from all over the world. From antique side saddles, to period clothing, original historic photos, farm implements and tools, Civil War and Indian Artifacts, even a grand piano, there is something here to interest everyone.
The Research Center and Library addition was completed in 1995 and contains a wealth of information for the researcher and genealogist. Included in the collection are materials and microfilm on Bath and Virginia history as well as information from West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. These along with family histories, both published and unpublished, have aided many visitors in their search for roots. Researchers contribute $5.00 per day for use of the center, unless they are residents of Bath County or Members of the Society, in which case there is no use contribution required.
The Society Gift Corner includes books pertaining to Bath County and area history as well as other seasonal items for purchase. The Society's Spring/Summer/Fall hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00. Winter hours are Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00. Admission is free. Read more on their website
The Warm Springs Pools in Warm Springs
Just a mile from The Inn at Gristmill Square are The Warm Springs Pools. Experience complete relaxation of mind and body as you restore your spirit in the natural mineral spring waters of the legendary, rustic Warm Springs Pools. For over 9,000 years, these springs have refreshed and rejuvenated the fortunate few who knew of their powers. Thomas Jefferson sojourned here for over three weeks in 1818, soaking in the Gentlemen's Pool House three times a day, and he described these spring waters as being "of the first merit."
Today you can follow in the footsteps of Jefferson and so many other renowned Americans by "taking the waters" in the colonial tradition, for an experience that is truly of the first merit! Soak in these legendary mineral spring waters for an hour and you will understand why Jefferson pronounced them to be the very best.
The dressing rooms are primitive, much like they were in the 1800s. Since the men's and women's spas are separate facilities, The Warm Springs Pools are bathing suit optional (during certain hours). The men's pool is deeper than and not as wide as the women's. Both share the same clear water, and there's a whiff of sulfur in the air.
The Warm Springs Pools are open year round, although their days/times may very based on the season. Call 540-839-5346 for hours of operation and availability, or for more information please go to their website
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs
Five miles from The Inn at Gristmill Square is the famous Omni Homestead Resort. A cherished destination for generations of travelers, this Virginia luxury resort invites visitors to rediscover life's many grand and timeless pleasures in a setting steeped in history and Southern hospitality. Surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, this National Historic Landmark welcomed its first guests a decade before the American Revolution. Presidents and princes are among the distinguished guests who have "taken the waters" in their legendary healing springs.
You don't have to be an overnight guest at the Homestead to enjoy many of their amenities. You can walk the grounds, play a round of golf, take a guided hike, shoot skeet or sporting clays, fish the Cascades Gorge, relax in the grand lobby, shop in the many shops, try out a restaurant, and/or snow ski in the winter months.
Enjoy The Homestead’s amenities such as*:
- Mountain Biking
- Skeet or Sporting Clays
- Spa Treatments
- The Warm Springs Pools
*Some activities can only be booked the day of, so please make sure to call in advance for spa, golf, guided hiking, shooting, and dining.
George Washington himself sought respite in the land’s healing springs as a 23-year-old militia commander, as did centuries of visitors before him. Since then, the resort has welcomed a total of 23 future, sitting and past American presidents, from Thomas Jefferson to Bill Clinton, as well as captains of industry, royals, and members of high society – the Windsors, Astors, Morgans, Rockefellers, Firestones, Fords and Duponts among them.