Capon Springs, West Virginia
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It is located on Capon Springs Road (West Virginia Secondary Route 16) along Capon Springs Run. Originally known as Frye's Springs after its discoverer Henry Frye, and later established as the Town of Watson on December 12, 1787, the town was renamed for its medicinal spring. The springs were believed to carry such healing power that half an acre sold for $900 in gold in the late 18th century. After West Virginia seceded from Virginia in 1863, it had to pay Virginia for the loss of the springs during Reconstruction. The historic Capon Springs & Farms resort is located here and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Capon Springs and its post office have been known by several varying names throughout its history, which include:
- Capon Springs, Capon Springs Road (CR 16)
- Octagon House, Capon Springs Road (CR 16)
- Old Red Store, Capon Springs Road (CR 16) & McIlwee Road (CR 16/1)
- Mountain House, Capon Springs, Hampshire County, Virginia. Baltimore, Maryland, The Printing Office, 1857.
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