Hot Springs History

Discover the fascinating history of Hot Springs, North Carolina. Once known as Warm Springs, now Hot Springs is a premiere relaxation destination that is popular among tourists. Located just 45 minutes outside of Asheville, Hot Springs is worth the trip. Learn about the enchanting history of this historic town.

Hot Springs History

Dorland Bell Church

Right on Bridge Street in the heart of the town of Hot Springs is one of the town’s buildings which is on the National Register of Historic Places (1986). Find out more

Dorland Bell School

There were no schools in the town and because of the Dorlands’ reputation, the residents requested that they teach their children and soon the Dorlands were teaching 25 students in their home. Find out more

CCC Camp

The Camp itself was operated by the U.S. Army, but when the young men left the camp to work their 8-hour day, the U.S. Forest Service served as their boss since this group was a Forest Service Unit. Find out more

History of the resort in Hot Springs

In its time it became known as one of the most luxurious resorts in the East with 13 white columns representing the 13 original colonies. Find out more

Hot Springs Markers

Learn about the several historical markers located in the quaint town of Hot Springs, NC. Find out more

Madison County during the Civil War

Because Madison County was a “border county” in a “border state” during the Civil War, there are many examples of communities as well as families divided in their allegiances. Find out more

Stackhouse and Runion Communities

In 1870, Amos Stackhouse moved to Hot Springs, a favorite destination for city dwellers to escape the heat of Southern summers. Although an outsider (a Yankee originally from Pennsylvania via Ohio and Florida), Stackhouse quickly became part of the community. Find out more

WW1 Internment Camp

Because they were civilians, they could not be called “prisoners’ of-war” but were named “enemy aliens” by the Department of Immigration. Consequently, 2200 passengers, officers and crew members came by train to Hot Springs and spent the remaining 19 months of the war in the internment camp. Find out more

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Hiking in Madison County

Check out all the fantastic hikes in Madison County! Whether, you’re looking for a short hike on the Appalachian Trail or scenic hike along the river, you’ll love the many hikes in Madison County. Find out more

Rafting in Madison County

It’s time to make a big splash on your next vacation! Let the cool water of the French Broad River wash away your worries as you embark on your next adventure in these wonderous mountains. Find out more

Festivals in Madison County

Plan your visit around one of the annual festivals in Madison County. Take a peak at our calendar to see what you won’t want to miss! Find out more