Work is progressing on the stabilization of the shuttered Sweet Springs Resort in eastern West Virginia.
Work is progressing on the stabilization of the shuttered Sweet Springs Resort in eastern West Virginia. Designed by Thomas Jefferson before his death in 1826, the main resort building was completed in 1839. Sweet Springs did not operate during the Civil War, and it struggled to regain its popularity afterward. It eventually was converted into a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1941 and then into a home for the elderly in 1945 which closed in 1993.
After a series of failed ventures, the property was sold to Ashby Berkley for $560,000 in 2015. Work has already begun on repairs to the complex, including a restored slate tile roof on the main building, repairing or replacing gutters and downspouts, and restoring to active use one wing of the main building. Long-term plans include further stabilization work on the bathhouse.