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Berkeley Springs

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ARCHIVE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S WRITINGS ON BERKELEY SPRINGS & VICINITY: 1774

6/10/74...to George William Fairfax from Williamsburg .....

"I have not heard the most distant insinuation of Lord Dunmore's wanting Belvoir nor am I incllined to think he does as he talks much of a place he has purchased near the Warm Springs." WGW/F 3:223

In December 1776, responding to a petition from more than 200 individuals interested in the springs, the town of Bath was established on land belonging to Thomas Lord Fairfax. Washington's brother Samuel was one of those assigned to lay out the town and arrange for a sale of lots. The sale was held in August 1777. Washington was engaged in the Revolutionary War near Philadelphia.