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081-0086 Rockbridge Alum Springs

Rockbridge Alum Springs
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 04/21/1987

NRHP Listing Date 01/19/1989

NPS property number 88003204

Set in the mountains west of Lexington, this former resort was once ond of Virginia’s most noted antebellum spa complexes. In its heyday Rockbridge Alum ranked second only to the White Sulphur Springs in prestige and popularity. The mineral spring itself is at the base of a cliff and is housed in a columned pavilion topped by a statue of Hygeia. The original complex, consisting of a central hotel flanked by cottages and service buildings, has mostly disappeared. The current owner, however, a Christian youth ministry, is restoring four original buildings and the spring pavilion. In their pastoral wilderness setting, they form a nostalgic image of a happy and active place. The springs were originally developed by Alexander Campbell. Most of the buildings of the formerly thirty-six building complex, were erected after 1852 by John W. Frazier.


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

Updated April 4, 2018