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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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  • I now know what the ladies of the 17th century felt like when they wanted to partake in a "spa" day, for this place looks and feels like I should have my stage coach parked out back. While I understan...  more »
  • go check out the Jefferson pools, it's an experience like no other. Went during the winter so the historic aspect of the pools made the changing rooms super cold but all worth it in the end. Place is ...  more »
  • The pools are very old, be warned, this is not a day at the spa. There are silos located on top of the pools that look like they have not been touched in 200 years. The changing rooms are just a cubby...  more »
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  • This place is fabulous, leaving your skin and hair soft and silky. The buildings are not beautiful, however, they are over 200 years old and adds to their character, so if you can get past the deterioration you will love it.
  • They now have a no cash policy...fine for some, but I didn't like it. I always payed with a 20 & had $3 change to tip the attendant. The friendly personnel must've had the day off...the ones there today weren't surly, but definitely not friendly. I always enjoy a soak & will probably return, just not as often. It is dilapidated, so you do have to be careful. It seemed like everything was more slimy today than usual.
  • Totally bummed we drove 2 hours out of our way to come visit these bath houses... unfortunately we had our kiddies and could not bring them in as clothing is optional. One day hopefully I'll be able to return by myself
  • We drove up the scenic route from NC and absolutely LOVED the waters. The on-site staff were sweet and hospitable. We enjoyed our time in both bathhouses but preferred the gentleman's one more. Being only 5'2", I was unable to touch the bottom but treaded water easily due to the high mineral content and also held onto the large pole in the middle of the pool. The light filtering through the water from above was beautiful and we felt AMAZING from our extended soak afterwards. Do take off any jewelry before getting in or itwill tarnish. Also, they are rather strict about you msintaining the "Quiet - tranquil area" rule in women's bathhouse, was sadly unfortunate because my husband is hard of hearing and we were "shushed" when trying to converse prior to getting into the waters. The men's side was much more understanding. We highly recommend going just overlook the 1700's architecture, it is in disrepair but gave it a funky, cool feel. We can't wait to go back.
  • Absolute must! The most tranquil and serene experience I've had in a long time! I plan to visit here again and again!