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Early to mid-19th century. East side of U.S. 219, across Indian Creek at end of private driveway
  • Hotel (HABS/HAER)

Originally the hotel consisted of three wings, but the section closest to the highway has disappeared. At present, there are two two-story wings, one much larger than the other. Both are built of native limestone and have coursed rubble facades. Their curious angular relationship to each other and their awkward juncture were likely determined by the windings of Indian Creek, which runs uncomfortably close to the rear of both. A two-story portico with seven two-story columns fronts the larger section, and a similar arrangement with four columns fronts the smaller. Both porches are covered by extensions of the gable roofs, and both replace original two-tiered piazzas. The larger building holds the spa's original “dancing saloon,” a huge space that still contains a suspended musician's balcony. More than any surviving structure at Salt Sulphur, this former hotel, now a private residence, provides a sense of the nineteenth-century scale of the resort.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Hotel", [Union, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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