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Blue Sulphur Springs Pavillion

Alderson, West Virginia USA

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“All that remains of the "healing water"”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. The Blue Sulphur Springs Pavilion is a historic Greek Revival structure in Blue Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, United States. The Pavilion is the only surviving structure from the Blue Sulphur Springs Resort, a 19th century mineral spa, and was built to shelter the sulphur spring at the resort. The Pavilion consists of twelve columns holding up a square roof, and is primarily built with brick. It was built in 1834 along with the resort and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 29, 1992. The Pavilion was constructed in 1834, the year the Blue Sulphur Springs Resort opened. George Washington Buster constructed the resort; it was named Blue Sulphur Springs for the iridescent color of the springs. The original resort included, along with the Pavilion, a three-story hotel with 200 rooms and a bathhouse. The resort was visited by several noteworthy guests in the 1840s, including Robert E. Lee, Henry Clay, and Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. The resort was a prime spot for the promotion of relaxation and health, as the sulphur spring at the resort was considered to be a remedy for numerous diseases. Blue Sulphur Springs Resort began to decline in the 1850s due to competition from other resorts such as The Greenbrier and an economic downturn. The resort closed in 1859 and became Allegheny College, a school for Baptist ministers; the college closed in 1861. The resort buildings were used by both sides in the Civil War as a camp and hospital. In 1864, the Union Army burned the resort to prevent the Confederate Army from utilizing them; only the Pavilion survived the fire. The Blue Sulphur Springs Pavilion is located in a valley at the junction of the Kitchen Creek and Sawmill Hollow valleys. It is located in the region of thermal mineral springs in the Appalachian Mountains, and is one of several mineral springs in the area. The Pavilion is located in a rural landscape, and offers views of the surrounding valley. William Burke described the landscape surrounding the Blue Sulphur Springs Resort as "a beautiful valley", though he complained that the designer of the resort had blocked the view with buildings.

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Reviewed by
tracie.s.nevels

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December 30, 2013

it was recently donatedto the Greenbrier Historial Society! Let the restoration begin! Everyine is going to have to help by raising the funds!

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irma.cadle

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December 30, 2013

Efforts are underway to restore the Pavilion. We need the public to support our efforts by sending tax-deductible donations to Greenbrier Historical Society, Friends of the Blue, 301 W. Washington St., Lewisburg, WV 24901. Thank you. Irma Cadle, Friends of the Blue Committee, GHS

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cathy.bolt.75

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December 29, 2013

Visit the "Blues" facebook page, for more pictures and a Pay Pal link for donations to restore it!!!!!

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December 29, 2013

RESTORE IT BEFORE IT FALLS DOWN!!!!

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Blue Sulphur Springs Pavillion

Alderson, West Virginia
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