A Photographic Study of All Things West Virginia

Blue Sulphur Springs Pavilion

This pavilion built in 1834 is all that’s left of a formerly large resort, located in the middle of a farm field in the hills of West Virginia.  The site originally included a sizable hotel and several other buildings, but was burned in 1864 by Union troops during the Civil War and never rebuilt.  The pavilion, which housed a mineral spring touted for its medicinal qualities, was all that survived the fire, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

An 1857 sketch of the original resort layout follows as well, note the pavilion located on the left side of the drawing.

Greenbrier County, WV


Blue Sulphur Springs Resort, 1857


8 responses

  1. elmediat

    Wonderful shot and an intriguing historical background.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    • Thanks for the comments Elmediat.

      January 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

  2. That is really interesting! What a beautiful photograph!

    December 4, 2011 at 1:39 am

    • Thanks for the comments whatimeant2say.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm

  3. what a beautiful place it was. It is indeed sad to see the transition. Thanks for digging in the past and comparing it with what remains !

    December 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    • Thanks abu zar. This formerly elegant resort is now a pasture.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

  4. Inspired and pretty

    That is so sad…. It was a beautiful site. I like historic places, it’s always very interesting to visit them.

    December 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    • Thanks inspired and pretty! It’s amazing that this one small part of the resort has survived. I think cattle drink from the mineral springs now.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

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