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.
Our resort will commemorate the momentous milestone with 366 days of anniversary celebrations, which include afternoon anniversary parties with a different flavored cake each day, a monthly speaker series, fireside chats, historic menu items in the Main Dining Room, special concerts, fireworks displays and much more.
View our cake brochure here
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: Family
From the generations of associates to the generations of guests, The Omni Homestead has always been a place for families. In Bath County, genuine Southern hospitality is as natural as the springs which flow throughout the valley. And guests, whether visiting for the first time or the one hundredth, quickly discover their own family’s ties to this iconic American resort.
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
Woody Pettus' father and grandfather once worked in the stables at The Homestead. His father drove the carriage rides for guests.
- One longtime guest said, "Welcome to The Homestead' is a treasured greeting where our 4 generations of family now gather in the Great Hall. My bag is always packed for The Homestead and the car knows the way to Bath County.”
Margaret Truman, the only daughter of President Harry S. Truman, stayed at the resort in the 1950s. Miss Truman was also a notable mystery author.
JP Morgan visited The Homestead often, arriving in his private railroad car with family and friends.
Benjamin H. Ticknor, II, captain of the 1930 Harvard football team, and his father, Mr. William Davis Ticknor, of New York, won the annual father-son golf tournament on the Homestead (now the Old) Course on August 16, 1930 with a low net score of 72.
In 1895, Jacob Rubino, a very successful investor and stock broker, visited The Homestead and was so taken with the area he bought 1,700 acres of land and built a summer cottage of brick and stone.
Mrs. Fay Ingalls served as president of the Bath County Horse Show Association and would enter her horses from Hobby Horse Farm and The Yard in the August Horse Show. Her daughters Abbie and Susie were expert horsewomen who rode in the show.