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ARCHIVE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S WRITINGS ON BERKELEY SPRINGS & VICINITY: 1777

8/25/77....George Washington Atlas....

Fielding Lewis secured lots 58 and 59 in new town of Bath at cost of 100 pounds 15 shillings Virginia. Deed of Trustees of Bath.

10/27/77....to Samuel Washington from Philadelphia.....

"I am very glad Colo Lewis purchased a lott or two for me at the Warm Springs, as it was always my intention to become a proprietor there if a town should be laid off at that place. Two lotts is not more than I wished to possess, but if he is altogether disappointed, and cannot be otherwise supplied, I will, under those circumstances, part with one of mine, of this you will inform him; and I shall not only depend upon, but thank and pay you cheerfully, for the improvements which are necessarily erected for the saving of the lotts. As I do not know what sort of buildings the Act of Assembly requires to save the lotts, I can give no directions about them; but, if I hold both lotts which I had rather do I would reserve the best spot for a tolerable convenient dwelling house to be built hereafter, and if a house which may (hereafter) serve for a kitchen, together with a stable, would be sufficient to save the lotts, they might be so placed as to appear uniform and clever, when the whole are finished, and in that case, content myself with building for the present, no more than the kitchen and stable." PGW9:449.

The war over, Washington made a long trip to check on his lands in the west. Bath was one of the first stops on his way. Here he stayed with Martha in a newly opened lodging place -- At the Liberty Pole and Flag. The place was owned by Mrs. Throgmorton, a distant relative of Washington's. Another partner was James Rumsey, an inventor and builder who was living and working in Bath. At this time, George Washington was one of the most famous and respected men in America. The relationship Washington began with Rumsey on this trip continued for several years and included support for Rumsey's inventions and hiring Rumsey both to build him a house in Bath and build locks on the river for his Potomac Company. It was not the smoothest of business relationships.