The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Thomas Jefferson designed the resort's colonnaded main building, which contained much of the resort's dining and lodging. The main building, a large bathhouse, and several cottages, all built of red brick, are the obvious structures in the complex.
Wealthy southerners made a visit to the spring part an annual pilgrimage: summers are comfortably cool, and many guests believed the mineral quality of the water could remedy a number of illnesses. The Sweet Springs are also thermal: at 73 degrees, they are nearly 20 degrees warmer than the mean atmospheric temperature of the valley. Presidents Martin Van Buren (1837-1841), Millard Fillmore (1850-1853), and Franklin Pierce (1853-1857) were among its many guests.
Official Website: http://www.oldsweetsprings.com/
Beyer print; "Old Sweet Springs" West Virginia