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The extensive undulating lawn, and grove of noble oaks - the cottages on the open green, or peering from amidst the trees do indeed, present a beautiful scene.But the latter are scattered in rows or groups over the ground without any regular order, and the lawn has never undergone any of the operations of art.
One could always set up additional large tables in the bar room.THE HISTORY of SWEET SPRINGS, MONROE COUNTY (By Barbara Ruth Kidd) (It's continued from a previous issue) William Lewis, the owner and originator of the resort idea, was the son of John Lewis, Irish immigrant and early prominent settler of Augusta county.As early as 1754 Andrew and William Lewis were exploring the banks of Dunlap Creek near Sweet Springs.The other brothers were Thomas, Andrew and Charles Lewis.Andrew is noted for his exploits as an Indian fighter and for his participation in the Battle of Point Pleasant. Thomas was the first surveyor of Augusta County, Va.Great quantities of carbonic acid gas are constantly emitted, which come bubbling up through t he water, giving it somewhat the appearance of boiling." (Note-"Visits to the Virginia Springs During the Summer of 1834, page 613, Southern Literary Messenger, 1835.) He might have been a-little kinder to the buildings had he known what was to come.
The same year Peregrine Prolix described his surroundings with a great deal of enthusiasm: "Four hours were taken to reach the Sweet by coach, one of the most ancient and celebrated places in the United States.
The location of the Mill Place is not known; however, since a number Of mills probably operated along Dunlap Creek at various times it could have been at almost any place on the creek. They were to be advertised in the National Intelligencer, Washington; Richmond Whig, Richmond Enquirer, New York Courier, New York Enquirer, Western Whig of Lewisburg, Fincastle Democrat and Lynchburg Virginian. Caperton also sold his interest in a sawmill, apparently on one of the previously mentioned tracts of land.
William Lewis had divided 436 acres of the farm between the Sweet and Red Springs between his sons, John and Charles Lewis, on October 25, 1804. However, Lewis was permitted to remain in residence until either the debt was paid or the land was sold. Each bond was for $13,367.50 payable in one, two, three, and four years. A few days earlier Christopher Beirne sold to Oliver Beirne his interest in the same lands for $45,000. And thus the Sweep Springs property remained until after the Civil War.
The Sweet Springs land remained in the Lewis family hands for many years to come.
Note-Weld, Isaac, "Travels in Virginia in Revolutionary Times". The Turners agreed to keep the courthouse and jail in good repair and not to permit timber to be cut nor to allow any tenants on the land.
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