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Rockbridge Alum Springs papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0686


  • Creation: 1860-1934. The bulk of collection is between 1909 and 1920.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Rockbridge Alum Springs, which also includes the Jordan Alum Springs, is now known as A Young Life Camp. Young Life is a non-denominational Christian youth organization, which has been operated as a year-round campground since 1992.

Rockbridge Alum Springs was a poplar 19th and early 20th century mountain resort in western Rockbridge County. Four structures dating primarily to the 1850s, remain, along with the well, the stone spring chambers, gazebo, and the Jordan Alum Springs bandstand. The resort remained in operation until 1941.

Biographical / Historical

Acquired from book dealer, Mike Hopkins.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased for our Special Collections department. All of this material constituted a part of the property sold in 1942 to Harold H. Bailey, noted ornithologist, and author of "The Birds of Virginia." Upon his death in 1963, the property was controlled by a Trust, consisting of his wife, Laura Beatty Bailey, and his children by a prior marraige. In the Summer of 1980, this last known correspondence was aquired from Col. Flowers, chief spokesman for the trustees, and husband of Dorothy Bailey Flowers, daughter of H. H. Bailey.

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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Lexington VA 24450 USA