Capon Springs Resort

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Capon Springs
Main House Capon Springs WV 2004.jpg
Capon Springs Resort is located in West Virginia
Capon Springs Resort
Location Capon Springs Road (CR 16)
Capon Springs, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°7′59″N 78°28′45″W / 39.13306°N 78.47917°W / 39.13306; -78.47917Coordinates: 39°7′59″N 78°28′45″W / 39.13306°N 78.47917°W / 39.13306; -78.47917
Architectural style Late Victorian, Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 93001228
Added to NRHP November 12, 1993[1]

Capon Springs, also known as Frye's Springs and Watson Town, is a national historic district in Capon Springs, West Virginia that includes a number of resort buildings ranging in age from the mid-nineteenth century to the early 20th century. The area grew around a mineral spring discovered by Henry Frye in the 1760s, so that by 1787 the town of Watson had been established. By 1850, the 168-room Mountain House Hotel had been built, enduring until it burned in 1911.[2] Also in 1850, the state of Virginia built Greek Revival bath pavilions and the President's House. A period of decline followed the Mountain House fire, but rebuilding began in the 1930s under the ownership of Louis Austin. The resort is still in Austin family ownership.[3]

The resort was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[2]

In 2013, the resort was named West Virginia's Family-Owned Business of the Year.[4]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b McVey, John (July 27, 2013). "Resort is all about families". The Journal. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ Maral Kalbian and Julie Vosnmik (July 1993). National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Capon Springs (pdf). National Park Service. 
  4. ^ McVey, John (July 27, 2013). "Capon Springs and Farm resort honored by SBA". The Journal. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 

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