At the end of the French and Indian War in 1764, Capt. Thomas Bullett received a colonial land grant of 300 acres that contained natural mineral springs and moved his militia company to the area. After two years of clearing the land, they constructed an 18-room wooden hotel that opened as the Homestead in honor of the Homesteaders who built the structure and bathhouses. Bullett and his family members (after his death during the American Revolutionary War) operated the facility for the next 68 years.
Dr. Thomas Goode and his family purchased the hotel in 1832, along with the resort in Warm Springs and Healing Springs. The prominent physician is still honored and remembered today with the famous "Cure Treatment," a salt scrub followed by a Swiss shower. Goode died in 1858, and his family took ownership of the Hot Springs, Virginia resort until the early 1880s.
While doing research for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, prominent lawyer M.E. Ingalls rolled into the area in 1881 and came upon the resort. He, J.P. Morgan and several other investors came to an agreement to buy the Homestead and build a spur into the Hot Springs area. Within the first year of ownership, the group raised more than $1 million to build a completely new hotel.
That structure burned to the ground in 1901 after a fire that started in the pastry shop spread quickly. The spa, casino and cottages in Cottage Row and Virginia Hotel were spared, however. Within a year, on March 10, 1902, the Great Hall was completed, and the Homestead was back in business. The West Wing was added a few years later.
The Ingalls family took full control of the resort and added the East Wing in 1914. The resort saw huge growth under the Ingalls, with the Empire, Crystal and Garden rooms, as well as the theater, added in 1921 and a tower completed in 1929. The Garden Wing was completed in 1973.
In 1993, Club Resorts, a part of ClubCorp, acquired the resort and embarked on a complete transformation. In 2001, the Homestead unveiled a new Grand Ballroom, outdoor pool, Shooting Club House and pavilion.
KSL Resorts acquired the property in 2006 and added Allegheny Springs, Jefferson's Restaurant, and renovated/expanded The Spa in early 2013.
Omni Hotels & Resorts bought the Homestead in June 2013 and is operating the iconic destination resort in the same spirit as its predecessors, offering world-class services and top-notch amenities while keeping the property fresh and full of life.