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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'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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  • Relaxing! This was amazing!! I loved being in a structure that was constructed in 1761. The old warped wood and surroundings tell a story. I visited the men's pool during the family co-ed swim! The wa...  more »
  • It's not the good old days anymore...the thought of "having" to make a reservation iis totally wrong for those of us that live 3 hours away and loved to daytrip up there about 6 + times a year...we us...  more »
  • On our camping trip to lake Moomaw we decided to stop into the Jefferson Pools to "the the waters". As I am into history the pools are very interesting. They are nothing fancy or elaborate but they ha...  more »
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  • 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 pools are such a natural beauty. We've gone three times, all in January, so it's cold both before and after, but the "during" is delightful. The water is warm and crystal clear. You can see the tiny bubbles make their way to the surface. No one talks during the float time, they just soak in the peace and quiet. We took our two boys this past time and they absolutely loved it.
  • Peaceful and relaxing. Most importantly historic. OF COURSE it's going to be rustic and not kept up. it's original from way back when 17 for an hour isn't bad, be aware the times 2 to 6 is clothing optional !
  • We love the pools! We go frequently. We love the current state of it and we are hoping for the best on the newly renovated version as well. So far Omni is doing a good job on renovating the cottages on The Homestead, thus we are hoping for the best as "historical renovations" by big corporations tend to not go well. Note to self: the hours will be changing May 19 of 2017 at which point reservations will be required.
  • A fantastic historic place. Yes, needs an upgrade badly. But a wonderful experience still.