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The history of Bath

January 22, 2007

So is the Morgan County town Bath or is it Berkeley Springs?

According to the Berkeley Springs Web site at www.berkeleysprings.com, when George Washington and his colonial cronies established a town around the warm springs in 1776, they called it Bath.

But in 1801, when a post office was established at Bath it was called Berkeley Springs because there already was a Bath with a post office farther south in Virginia.

Both names were used until the Civil War. Since then, the town around the warm springs has been known as Berkeley Springs although Bath remains the official municipal name.

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The Web site Wikipedia says the name Berkeley Springs was a combination of Gov. Norborne Berkeley's last name with the warm springs found there.

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