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Hot Springs, Virginia

Hot Springs
Census-designated place (CDP)
Downtown Hot Springs
Downtown Hot Springs
Hot Springs is located in Virginia
Hot Springs
Location within the state of Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Bath
Population (2010)
 • Total 738
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 24445

Hot Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in Bath County, Virginia, United States. The population as of the 2010 Census was 738.[1] It is located about 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Warm Springs on U.S. Route 220. Hot Springs is the site of a number of resorts that make use of the springs.

The area is historically important to the development of Bath County. As early as the mid 18th century, travelers came to use the springs. The first inn to accommodate them was built in 1766 by Thomas Bullitt. The most prominent modern resort, The Homestead, traces its origin to this inn.

The Homestead, Mustoe House, The Yard, Barton Lodge, Switchback School, and Garth Newel are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2][3][4]

March 2009 shooting

On March 21, 2009, two employees of the The Homestead were shot and killed in the hotel kitchen;[5] the community of Hot Springs was briefly locked down under code red procedures as a security precaution.[6] Authorities identified fellow employee Beacher Ferrel Hackney as a suspect in the killings.[7] The slayings were the first homicides in Bath County since 1983.[8] Beacher Hackney was a fugitive until his remains were later found in a wooded area near the Cascades Golf Course. The Virginia State Police crime lab confirmed that it was indeed Hackney's remains, closing the case.[9]


  1. ^ Virginia Trend Report 2: State and Complete Places (Sub-state 2010 Census Data). Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed 2011-06-08.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 6/17/13 through 6/21/13. National Park Service. 2013-06-28. 
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/23/13 through 12/27/13. National Park Service. 2014-01-03. 
  5. ^ "2 Workers Shot to Death at a Virginia Resort". The New York Times. 2009-03-22. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  6. ^ "News Release" (PDF). Bath Co. Sheriff's Office. 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Search continues for Bath County shooter".  
  8. ^ Kunkle, Frederick (2009-03-23). "Man Sought in Slayings of Homestead Resort Supervisors in Bath County, Virginia". The Washington Post. p. B01. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  9. ^ Oxendine, Margo (13 September 2012). "Hackney's remains positively identified". The Recorder. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 

External links

  • The Homestead Spa at Hot Springs
  • Vine Cottage Inn at Hot Springs
  • "Taking the Waters: 19th Century Medicinal Springs: Hot Springs." Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia

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