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Capon Springs Resort

Capon Springs
Capon Springs Resort
Location Capon Springs Road (CR 16)
Capon Springs, West Virginia

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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