Berkeley Springs in Morgan County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Bath Historic District
Washington Heritage Trail
A walking tour traces the history of dozens of historic buildings within the 18th-century town limits beginning with the founders and buyers of the first lots sold in 1777 including George and Samuel Washington as well as three signers of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, two Revolutionary War generals and a half dozen members of the Continental Congress. The colonial elite clearly selected Bath as a fashionable summer escape.
The town's rich and colorful history displays cycles of notoriety and decline. It has enjoyed at least four Golden Ages as a premier resort and spa beginning with the
In 2009, more than 150 historic structures within the town limits and its distinguished nearly-250-year history led to designation of Bath as a National Historic District. Architectural contributions range from Italianate Victorian to Gothic Revival to Queen Anne.
The legislative act establishing Bath called for building convenient houses for accommodating numbers of infirm person, who frequent those springs yearly for the recovery of their health. December 6, 1776
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the West Virginia, Washington Heritage Trail series lists.
Location. 39° 37.7′ N, 78° 13.59′ W. Marker is in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of North Washington Street (U.S. 522) and Independence Street, on the right when traveling north on North Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 North Washington Street, Berkeley Springs WV 25411, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Whiting (here, next to this marker); Robert Brown (a few steps from this marker); Tannery vs Hotels (within shouting distance of this marker); George Dick (within shouting distance of this marker); James Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Berkeley Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Judiah Higgins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Elliott (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.