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It is said that even prior to written history people have traveled to the small mountain town of Berkeley Springs to “take the waters.” The area contains mineral water springs that were frequented by Native Americans indigenous to the area, possibly for thousands of years. After settlement by Europeans, the mineral springs drew many visitors from urban areas. Notable colonial visitors to the area included George Washington and James Rumsey. Berkeley Springs was a popular resort area during the early years of the United States and continues to be so today, with four full-service spas using the mineral water.

Year round, the famous warm springs can be seen bubbling up through sand patches and overflowing into a narrow channel and several large stone pools with a constant water temperature of 74°F.

Berkeley Springs is also a noted arts community with working artists accounting for approximately 1% of the county population of 16,000. Since 1994, the town has been listed in all four editions of John Villani’s “100 Best Art Towns in America” (one of only 11 towns so rated).

One of the more exotic attractions is an historic building whose construction began in 1888, built as a retreat for Rosa and Samuel Taylor Suit overlooking the town, often called “Berkeley Castle.”

Friendly people, welcoming mountains and a sense of place mark Berkeley Springs as a getaway for all seasons, all people, and tastes.

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Penny Kelly

Penny Kelly is an author, teacher, speaker, publisher, personal and spiritual consultant, and Naturopathic physician. She travels, lectures, and teaches a variety of classes and workshops, and maintains a large consulting practice. She has been involved in scientific research and investigations into consciousness at Pinelandia Laboratory near Ann Arbor, MI.

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