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 These along with family histories, both published and unpublished, have aided many visitors in their search for roots.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 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
*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.