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George Washington's Bathtub

Bath (Berkeley Springs), West Virginia 25411 USA

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“rubber ducky...”

The only outdoor monument to presidential bathing is along the west side of Berkeley Springs State Park. A major spring can be seen bubbling up through the tub. Before 1784, Washington would have bathed in the springs using scooped-out pools lined with sand and rocks and screened by woven brush. The existing stone tub was constructed to represent those early bathing conditions. An annual event celebrating George Washington's Bathtub is held in mid-March on the weekend nearest March 18, anniversary of Washington's first visit in 1748. Washington wrote of his visits to the springs on several occasions. "We found of both sexes about 250 people at this place, full of all manner of diseases and complaints; some of which are benefited, while others find no relief from the waters two of three doctors are here, but whether attending as physicians or to drink the water I know not. It is thought the springs will soon begin to lose their virtues, and the weather gets too cold for people not well provided to remain here. They are situated very badly on the east side of a steep mountain, and enclosed by hills on all sides, so that the afternoon's sun is hid by 4 o'clock and the fog hangs over us till 9 or 10, like ghosts with occasional great damps and the mornings and the evenings to be cool. However, I think my fevers are a good deal abated, though my pains grow rather worse, and my sleep equally disturbed; what effect the waters may have upon me I cannot say at present, as I expect nothing from the air this certainly must be unhealthy. I propose to stay here a fortnight and longer if benefited"

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Reviewed by
nicholemodlin

  • 5 Reviews
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August 15, 2021
Rated 3.0

This neat little tub is located in Berkeley Springs State park. Quick history, Berkeley Springs is a small town in West VA known for its mineral water springs, which were thought to have healing powers. It was frequently visited for thousands of years by Native Americans indigenous to the area, and eventually notable colonial visitors such as George Washington and James Ramsey. Long story short, GW took a bath right here in the mineral spring tub. He also frequented with his half-bro, Lawrence, who was ill, hoping the springs would improve his health. Side note: we got in the water, no health improvements or declines to report. Not too much to do here, but the town was beautiful and definitely worth the stop.

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Reviewed by
hayleymayley

  • 12 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
March 24, 2019
Rated 3.0

There are no signs around anywhere that explain exactly what it is— bathtub sounded quirky until we realized it was actually a hole in the middle of the ground? Near some other water/spring? The visitor center/main building was closed by the time we got there so maybe we missed something, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to go here unless you research beforehand exactly what it is! (Unlike us)

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Sarah

  • 3 Reviews
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May 09, 2017
Rated 4.0

This part of Berkeley Springs is a great stop along 522. We always like to stop and dip our toes in the springs and hey, there's George's bathtub, too.

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George Washington's Bathtub

Bath (Berkeley Springs), West Virginia
25411 USA

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