Sweet Springs Sanitarium
Gap Mills, West Virginia
We investigated Sweet Springs on June 7th, 2020 because we feel a special connection to this place...
Among famous names associated with this property, like Franklin Pierce and Millard Fillmore, is none other than Raleigh’s own Moses Mordecai, the longtime owner of the Mordecai House which is now the cornerstone of the Mordecai Historic Park. Moses visited the springs while trying to recover from the mysterious ailment that would eventually claim his life a few weeks later.
Unfortunately, the building where Moses died in 1824 is no longer there, but we are interested to learn more about what is still on the property.
Sometimes referred to as “Old Sweet,” these expansive grounds have a long and diverse history. William B. Phillips, who worked with Thomas Jefferson on the University of Virginia campus, is credited with designing the brick Jefferson-style building seen there today. In fact, Thomas Jefferson mentions Sweet Springs in a letter to Mr. Fulwar Skipwith on May 6, 1791. President Jefferson wrote, “I shall be happy to hear that Mrs. Skipwith’s stay at Richmond has bettered her health, & that the trip to the Sweet Springs shall do it still more. I am sure her friends at Monticello will be made happy by seeing her there.”
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