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Jefferson Pools, Warm Springs

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#36 of 71 in Nature in Virginia
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's 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.
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  • This was the only public spring in the area. I've been going for years and while the building is aged, I never felt like I was in real danger. I swam in the pools during a full on thunderstorm one sum...  more »
  • Yes, the structures were in poor repair, but it seemed that the water was dirty. I thought that the flow would keep it clean and blamed the smell on the sulfur but we were all sick for two weeks after...  more »
  • What is a trip to the Warm Springs VA area without a soak in the Jefferson Pools. We always check on the pool schedule before making reservations for our hotel. And speaking of reservations, you are n...  more »
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  • This is an amazing historic gem and such a delight to visit. Forget the critiques on the installation condition. The healing waters more than make up for how wonderful you'll feel after soaking in. These are naturally warm sulphuric springs loaded with healing minerals. The water is so crystalline and beautiful you can see the very bottom of the pool. Yes, the bottom is mossy but nothing one is in contact with. Recommend the men's pool as it's deeper -- 6'8" deep. Make reservations ahead of your visit -- if you're soaking -- and be mindful of pools schedule and when to bring children under 18. Also note this is a quiet environment destined for relaxation so be mindful of noise.
  • The history of this place is marvelous. The build are still as they were when built. The Ladies pool house is used for Coed bathing. It has wonderful small area where a flow of water come out of a pipe you can sit under.
  • The Jefferson Pools are absolutely amazing. The water is crystal clear and very relaxing. You have to set up a reservation to soak and the front desk staff are more than willing to help. The building are the original buildings from the 1800's, so they are very rustic feeling. Overall I would give this place a 10/10. Definitely recommend it to the locals and out of towners.
  • Don't bother, the place It's a dump and the people who run it are rude. The road (39) going there was fun though. Just keep going and save your time and money for something fun or interesting. I don't know what the people have done with the money that they charged over the years but they obviously didn't put nothing back into their cash cow. Forget about it!
  • The water is nice but thats the ONLY nice thing about it. The management is AWFUL! The workers have a discusting way of treating people; argumentative, unapologetic, unaccommodating etc. No swimming, no talking, just $17 per person for 50 of standing still. Not sure where the money goes because the building should be condemned; be ware of mold, rotten holes in wood, snakes in the water, falling debris. I spent 3.5 hrs on the road to get there and wasn't allowed to enter because I was 15 minutes late to a COMPLETELY EMPTY POOL!!! Oh and there is no waiting area so you have to stand 45 minutes next to a pretentious/condecending employee. They act like they are doing you a favor by allowing you to be there.

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