Your history, our history. Making memories together for 250 years.
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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At the end of the French and Indian War in 1764, Col. George Washington rewarded Capt. Thomas Bullitt for his services with gold, silver and a colonial land grant of 300 acres, which included seven natural springs. Capt. Bullitt moved his militia company and their families to the area and within two years, the land was cleared and an 18 room wooden lodge was built. Named in honor of the homesteaders—those who camped out and built the hotel—The Homestead opened in 1766.
In 1832, prominent physician Dr. Thomas Goode and his family purchased the resort from the Bullitt family along with properties in Warm Springs and Healing Springs. Dr. Goode was responsible for introducing the European style of hydrotherapies to the resort. One of the most famous treatments was the Cure, which is a salt scrub followed by a Swiss shower.
Almost 50 years later, M.E. Ingalls, a lawyer for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company from Cincinnati, Ohio visited to conduct research for the railroad which was looking to expand the lines into the area. Mr. Ingalls, J. P. Morgan and many other investors later agreed to purchase The Homestead and build a spur into the Hot Springs area.
A devastating fire which started in the pastry shop, destroyed the resort on July 2, 1901. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries or fatalities. The staff and community worked together and saved the Spa, Casino and Cottage Row. The day after the fire, Mr. Ingalls, along with resort executives and investors, such as JP Morgan, decided to rebuild the resort. Within a year, March 10, 1902, the Great Hall was completed and The Homestead was back in business.
Today, this iconic resort remains as one of America’s grand dames. In July 2013, The Homestead joined the Omni Hotels & Resorts family which is renowned for its portfolio of properties that offer authentic, local experiences in more than 60 North America destinations. The seamless blend of local culture and four-diamond service is the hallmark of the Omni brand.