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Jefferson Pools, Warm Springs

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The Jefferson Pools, also called Warm Springs Bathhouses and Warm Springs Pools, are two spa structures near Warm Springs, Virginia. The name was changed in the 20th century from "Warm Spring Pools" to "Jefferson Pools". The spa is part of The Homestead, a resort hotel.
The Gentlemen's Pool House is the oldest spa structure in the United States. The octagonal wood building was built in 1761. The spas are naturally fed by a 98°F mineral spring. The men's spa holds 40000USgal of constantly flowing water.
The Ladies' Pool House was built in 1836. The buildings have changed little over the years, being made of wood with a central pool and a roof that is open to the elements. There are small alcoves around the pool for clothes, and it is usual to bathe naked. Famous bathers include Thomas Jefferson, who spent three weeks in 1819 bathing three times day and described the waters in a letter to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, as being of "first merit".
The site was listed as Warm Springs Bathhouses on the Virginia Landmarks Register on November 11, 1968 and the National Register of Historic Places on October 8, 1969.
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  • The pools are now restored and reopened Dec. 17th, 2022 They are wonderfully relaxing and restorative. cost to non residents is $25 andd you mnust make reservations. 
    The pools are now restored and reopened Dec. 17th, 2022 They are wonderfully relaxing and restorative. cost to non residents is $25 andd you mnust make reservations.  more »
  • The pools are closed and falling apart, which is a shame. However, the area is so beautiful and there is a stream running in front of the pool houses where the warm water flows by close to the road.....  more
    The pools are closed and falling apart, which is a shame. However, the area is so beautiful and there is a stream running in front of the pool houses where the warm water flows by close to the road.....  more »
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  • The Warm Springs Pools are an incredibly important part of Bath County history! The new renovation maintains the original structures while bringing them forward for the next generations. My family had a wonderful experience. We'll definitely be back!
  • Absolutely gorgeous spot, lovingly restored and well staffed. The water is crystal clear and a perfect temperature to relax in. It's truly a magical experience!

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