1681 – 1750 ~ Colonial Exploration

Land acquired in grant from British king. Colonial travelers join native tribes in using the springs. Maps made

1681 — Charles II grants land including springs to Thomas Lord Culpepper, ancestor of Thomas Lord Fairfax.

1737 — Two maps note local of springs. One calls them Warm Springs; the other Medicinal Springs.

1747 — Lord Fairfax complains about squatters around springs, Mentions plans for a town.

1748 — March 18. George Washington at 16 visits “ye fam’d warm springs” as part of Fairfax surveying party.