Our 250th Year Has Arrived
Ten years before our country was founded, The Homestead opened its doors as a humble, 18-room lodge tucked away in the mountains. Over the past two and a half centuries, the resort has evolved, sharing milestones with America and memories with generations of travelers. Today, The Homestead is an iconic resort encompassing 2,300 acres with 483 guest rooms, numerous dining outlets and more than 30 recreational activities.
Throughout the past 250 years, generations of families and associates have made lasting memories here. In 2016, we will honor the past, present and future of America’s first resort and we invite you to be a part of our year-long celebration by sharing your memories of The Homestead. Simply click the link below to submit your chapter* to our resort's legacy.
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Theme of the Month: Presidents
From Thomas Jefferson's three-week visit in 1818 to President George W. Bush's 2015 golf outing, 23 US Presidents have visited our resort. In February, we honor and remember all of those historic occasions.
Each week you'll find new facts below pertaining to the events in our history surrounding the month's theme.
Fun Facts of The Week
- Five US Presidents have suites named in their honor. They are Madison — A Classical Setting, McKinley — A Cultural Retreat, Taft — The Sportsman’s Haven, Wilson — The Honeymoon Suite, and Eisenhower — The Golf Lover's Escape.
- Millard Fillmore visited to relax and "take the waters" in the natural mineral springs in August, 1851.
- James Earl Carter visited The Homestead when he was Governor of Georgia to address a meeting of the Business Council.
- Calvin Coolidge “Silent Cal” loved to walk the trails, tried a round of golf on the Old Course and occasionally fished at The Cascades.
- Dwight David Eisenhower visited The Homestead before he was elected President, during his second term and after retirement from office. He especially enjoyed playing golf, which had been prescribed by his physicians as part of his rehabilitation from heart trouble. Both he and Mrs. Eisenhower enjoyed the Spa.
- On August 13, 1818, Jefferson rode his horse to The Homestead. He enjoyed breakfast here, and then hired a local guide for some sightseeing. He returned from his sightseeing in the afternoon to “take the waters” in The Homestead’s springs, and then ate his dinner here. He recorded in his “Memorandum Book” that the day cost him $2.12 ½. The next day he wrote to his daughter Martha, and said that the springs at The Homestead and at Warm Springs were the finest — they were “of the first merit.”
- William Jefferson Clinton visited as President on February 7, 2000, to address a luncheon meeting of the Democratic Congressional Caucus. On his way to the airport, he stopped and visited with the children at Valley Elementary School in Bath County.