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October 14, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County: White Sulphur Springs

Buckingham Springs. Courtesy Historic Buckingham.

In the 1840s, the “White Sulphur Springs” of Buckingham County was a well-known, popular spa destination in Central Virginia. In November of 1850, founder Samuel Morris died, dividing his land equally among his ten children. A decade later, the main hotel was destroyed by fire and, following the Civil War, it was never rebuilt.

In the summer of 1876, Mrs. John G. Morris of Curdsville, ran this advertisement, letting the readers of the Richmond Dispatch know that she was open for business.


This celebrated watering place and resort for health (after having been closed for about twenty years) will be re-opened for the redemption of invalids on the 1st of July next under the supervision of the undersigned. These springs are situated in the county of Buckingham, twelve miles from the court-house, three miles from Willis’s mountain, and twelve miles from the town of Farmville, of easy access from the latter place by good country roads, where comfortable conveyances can always be procured upon reasonable terms.

TERMS: Board and lodging per month of four weeks, $25; board and lodging per week, $7; board and lodging per day, $1.50.


Curdsville, Va.

Business was revived and visitors continued to visit Buckingham’s White Sulphur Springs for many years to come.

For much more about healing waters in Buckingham County, consult my essay “’Going to the Springs’ in Buckingham County,” At a Place Called Buckingham,” Volume Two.



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