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060-0476 Alleghany Springs Springhouse

Alleghany Springs Springhouse
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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NRHP Reference Number 89001807

This unforgettable structure is without parallel in Virginia as an example of rustic work. Rustic architecture and furniture, most frequently associated with the Adirondack camps of the late 19th century, employed untrimmed limbs, branches, and vines to give buildings and objects a naturalistic, “of-the-forest” look. The two-tiered springhouse, a large octagonal pavilion, is supported on rough cedar posts with complex intertwined knots of rhododendron branches and roots forming brackets, railings, and even “vaulted” ceilings. Sheltered within is a marble counter for serving spring water. Established in 1853, Alleghany Springs was one of Virginia’s most popular spas, until the main hotel burned in 1904. In one season following the Civil War, the springs hosted nine former Confederate generals. Now surrounded by modern houses, the fantastic springhouse, built ca. 1890, is the principal reminder of this once-popular place.

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

Updated: November 12, 2020