George Washington's Bathtub Celebration Berkeley Springs, WV

George Washington's Bathtub Celebration

Friday through Sunday, March 14-16, 2014

Berkeley Springs celebrates its most unique historic site, George Washington’s Bathtub, with a weekend devoted to colonial food specials, dollar sales and local history.  From Friday through Sunday, March 14-16, the tiny spa town highlights the country’s only outdoor monument to presidential bathing. The stone tub located in Berkeley Springs State Park is a popular photo opportunity.

The season’s opening of the Museum of the Berkeley Springs is a main event of the weekend highlighted by the traditional reading from Washington’s papers at 2pm on Saturday.  This year, readers John Douglas and Jeanne Mozier are using Washington’s activities in Berkeley Springs to discuss Fact, Fiction and Legend about the great man.

In his journals, Washington praised the food he found during his visits to the springs.  Panorama at the Peak is offering serving peanut soup, one of George’s favorites as well as a favorite colonial dessert treat, meringues with local strawberries for just a dollar.

Shopping specials prove that Washington’s face still means something in Berkeley Springs with dollar related discounts and sales.  Jules is having a President Party with $1 off all Pot Belly Box Figurine Presidents while Nature Niche offers a dollar off every item you buy.  Berkeley Springs Memories is celebrating George’s Bath Salts by giving a 15% discount on all their BS logoed products and anyone who comes in wearing a BS logoed item gets another 10% off.  Lunar Herbs is selling organic bath products that George would have found familiar, and they're doing it from their new location on Washington St. in a grand Re-Opening. The R.A.G. Shop lets you select any item in the store and get 25% off.

The Star Theatre is selling an unbuttered box of their world famous popcorn for just a buck Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.  They are showing “3 Days to Kill” with Kevin Costner who won an Emmy for playing Devil Anse Hatfield but never had a role as George Washington.

According to event organizers, the mid-March weekend was selected because it is the anniversary of Washington's first visit to the springs in 1748 when he was a 16-year-old surveyor's assistant.  The fact that the weekend always includes St. Patrick’s Day has led to the unverified legend of a rare meeting between Washington and St. Patrick.  Atasia Spa goes for the green with a special Blarney Stone Massage and Leaping Leprechaun foot treatment soaks in green tea. Cacapon State Park also gives the nod to St. Patty with two afternoon workshops making a wishing wand and leprechauns then racing those little green scamps on balloons.  Earth Dog Cafe celebrates on Friday night with St. Pat's Karaoke and a best St. Pat's Costume contest!

On Sunday afternoon, BlackCat Music ignores all the themes and hosts an all-ages African Drum workshop with Anne Hamilton from 3-5pm.

Dozens of lodging options range from Victorian B&Bs in town to rustic cabins and fully equipped vacation homes along the rivers and ridges.


Schedule of Events - Friday through Sunday, March 14-16, 2014


Atasia Spa • Blarney Stone Massage and Leaping Leprechaun foot treatment soaks in green tea

Berkeley Springs Memories • Sale to celebrate George’s Bath Salts: 15% off all BS logoed products and an additional 10% off if you’re wearing something BS.

Jules, Enchanting Gifts and Collectibles • $1 off all Pot Belly Box Figurine Presidents

Lunar Herbs • Grand-Re-opening on Washington St. • Organic bath and body products

Nature Niche • $1 off each item you buy

Panorama at the Peak •  $1 Tavern Meringue w/strawberries; GW’s favorite Mount Vernon peanut soup

R.A.G. Shop makes “Frugal Friday” a daily spree:  pick any one item and get 25% off

Star Theatre 8pm •  “3 Days to Kill” w/Kevin Costner  @ the Star Theatre.  $1 unbuttered box of popcorn


19th Hole Cafe • 7pm • DJ & karaoke • Come in your ‘80s finery.  (The ‘80s were a good decade for GW, 1780s that is)

Earth Dog Cafe • St. Pat's Karaoke and a best St. Pat's Costume contest


Museum of the Berkeley Springs • 2pm • Readings from George Washington’s Journals

Cacapon State Park  • 10am-noon: learn wildlife signs; 1pm: create a St. Patrick’s Day wand; 2pm: make a leprechaun then have a balloon race


BlackCat Music shop • 3-5pm • all ages African Drum Workshop hosted by Anne Hamilton