Just around the corner in Hot Springs, you’ll find the Homestead, a 2,000-acre luxury resort and spa. You’ve probably heard of it, and at Fort Lewis Lodge we’re delighted to be their neighbors just over the mountain.
The Homestead is famous for its Southern hospitality as well as its golf courses, hot springs, and the oldest ski resort in Virginia.
Now an Omni hotel, the Homestead saw its first guests a decade before the American Revolution. It’s welcomed royalty and 22 United States presidents, including Thomas Jefferson.
The Homestead’s history extends back two and a half centuries, when a lodge was built on the site in 1766. It was rebuilt as a more modern resort in 1888, but burned down in 1901. The main Homestead hotel was constructed afterward.
One of the resort’s golf courses, the Old Course, dates back to 1892. Its first tee is the oldest in continuous use in the United States. The Cascades Course is often ranked as one of the nation’s best.
(Psssttt…when there is a little down time, you can find John on the course there.)
After the U.S. entered World War II, from Dec. 1941 to June 1942, the Homestead was a Japanese internment camp. But it was a high-end camp, housing 785 Japanese diplomats and their families.
The Homestead was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991. Once the stomping grounds for the well-to-do who were eager to soak up the area’s healing waters from the hot springs, it continues to attract visitors to its modern spa, water park, shooting club and restaurants.