Bathtub celebration this weekend
Berkeley Springs celebrates its most unique historical site, George Washington’s Bathtub, with a weekend devoted to food, local history and music. From Friday through Sunday, March 17-19, the town highlights the country’s only outdoor monument to presidential bathing. The stone tub located in Berkeley Springs State Park was named one of the world’s six most breathtaking baths by Smithsonian Magazine.
The season’s opening of the Museum of the Berkeley Springs is a main event of the weekend highlighted by the traditional reading from Washington’s papers at 2 p.m. on Sunday. This year, readers John Douglas and Jeanne Mozier are focusing on Washington’s activities around the springs as the town’s premier tourist.
The Museum’s hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There are several Washington-related artifacts in the collection including a rock purportedly one he signed as a surveying marker.
According to event organizers, the mid-March weekend was selected because it is the anniversary of Washington's first visit to the springs in 1748 when he was a 16-year-old surveyor's assistant. “We like to joke that it also celebrates George’s little known relationship with St. Patrick,” said Laura Smith, Administrator of Travel Berkeley Springs. Several activities celebrate this convergence.
The Granary has free St. Patrick music on its stage Friday at 7:30 p.m. Cacapon State Park features local musician Mike Clement playing from 6-8 p.m. on Friday. On a more active note at the park, forester Tyler Williamson holds a tree identification session (bark, buds and habitat) at the Nature Center at 1 p.m. on Saturday. At 1:30 p.m., Master Naturalist, Clark Dixon leads a hike starting from the lodge.
Local shops and restaurants are offering specials through out the weekend. For all the details of Washington Bathtub weekend specials call 1-800- 447-8797 or check the posters around town. George Washington’s Bathtub Celebration is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs.