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053-5072 Paeonian Springs Historic District

Paeonian Springs Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 03/08/2006

NRHP Listing Date 05/01/2006

NPS property number 6000352

Paeonian Springs Historic District, about four miles west of Leesburg and at the base of the Catoctin Mountain, encompasses nearly three dozen structures that date mostly from between 1900 and 1910. Paeonian Springs, established by entrepreneurs who marketed its “healthful” spring waters, was conveniently located on the Washington and Ohio Railroad, which connected the area with metropolitan Washington, D.C., thus offering an ideal opportunity to establish a village for affluent families desiring to escape D.C.’s humid summers. The railroad also made possible shipment of bottled spring water to D.C.’s increasingly health conscious residents. The community thrived for about 30 years, after which time strict federal regulations for bottled water, as well as the advent of the automobile, reduced the village’s commercial activities and residential popularity. Although the train station is gone and the rail line has been converted to a bike trail, many of the structures from the village’s heyday survive, including grand mansions, simple bungalows, two hotels or boardinghouses, some commercial stores, an early 20th-century school building, a water bottling plant, and a public springhouse. Atop the highest point in eastern Stafford County, and situated on 4.6 acres overlooking the confluence of Aquia Creek and the Potomac River.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated August 7, 2018