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Coolfont Resort

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In 1756, a British veteran of General Edward Braddock's defeat during the French and Indian War built a cabin near cool springs in the Sir John's Run Valley along the eastern slope of Cacapon Mountain. More than 150 years later, prolific author, ecologist and presidential appointee, Herbert Quick, chose the same site to live out his "back-to-the-farm" philosophy. In 1910, Quick built the stately Manor House, pond and several outbuildings as the centerpiece of his experimental farm. He called it Coolfont in honor of the springs. The Manor House is listed on the National Historic Register.

This early environmentalist and conservationist would be proud of today's incarnation of his farm.

Coolfont Resort was created by Sam Ashelman and Rol and Alden Capen in 1965. The six-bedroom Manor House now serves as Ashelman's home, special guest lodging and site of the Coolfont Foundation's many cultural presentations including chamber music and poetry readings. Quick's orchards and gardens provide the basis for small-scale farming done today with produce serving Coolfont's picturesque Treetop House restaurant. Quick's cool springs provide the resort's water supply. An underground tunnel leads from the mansion to a small springhouse.

Coolfont is a full-service resort and health spa with year 'round programs and retreats staffed by professionals including more than two dozen certified massage therapists, and the noted breathe-free stop smoking plan. Among its miles of mountain hiking trails is the Green Trail to historic Prospect Rock where George Washington often rode.

Lodging ranges from chalets with whirlpool tubs to scores of vacation homes, all nestled in more than 1200 wooded acres.

Turn from Rt. 9 about 1 mile west of Berkeley Springs onto Cold Run Valley Rd.  

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