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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. See Jefferson Pools and all Warm Springs has to offer by arranging your trip with our Warm Springs online travel route planner.
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  • While visiting the Omni Homestead Resort we happened to have had a chance to talk to someone that let us know that Omni plans to reopen the Jefferson Pools in the Summer of 2020. While this is good.....  more
    While visiting the Omni Homestead Resort we happened to have had a chance to talk to someone that let us know that Omni plans to reopen the Jefferson Pools in the Summer of 2020. While this is good.....  more »
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  • Buildings aren't open but right behind the tourist booth they're is a watering hole. It's actually a hot spring it's warm not hot but it's private except that the road is close. But they're is no walk it's free it's clean. As long as we keep it clean. It's a must experience if your into hot springs
  • Its been several years since I visited. It was an amazing experience!! Look forward to the reopening. Hope the keep the same type structures...its like falling back in time!!

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