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Historic Jordan Springs

Jordan Springs Early history on Historic Jordan Springs Resort dates back to the mid 1500's when the Catawba Indians discovered the two natural mineral springs that flow from the grotto at the base Devil's Backbone. The Native Americans used the area for a meeting place and ceremonial purposes. The Resort was also used during the Civil War as a hospital for both the Confederate and Union forces.

 Ref: historicjordansprings.com/category/history/.

Historic Haunted Jordan Springs

The Historic Jordan Springs Estate’s earliest recorded history begins in 1549, when discovered by the Catawaba Indians for the two mineral springs, the White Sulphur Spring and the Calibeate Spring, which flow from the natural grotto at the base of a nearby cliff-like hill called Devil’s Backbone, one of the geological wonders in the country.

For almost two hundred years, the Catawba tribe would enjoy this peaceful sanctuary undisturbed. But by the 1700s, word of the springs’ magical abilities had reached the colonists. Rather than make pilgrimages to the quiet retreat, the Europeans decided to just set up permanent tenancies.

Image source:  http://wfae.org/post/catawba-indians

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One of the earliest cottages they built still exists today and is used as a spa. As the years went on, more private colonial residences and farms were constructed at Jordan Springs. Thus, in 1832, Branch M. Jordan saw a huge business opportunity. Three of Jordan Springs’ earliest hotels were part of the resort chain operated by him. The first and third to be constructed are still in use today; the second one fell victim to an unexplainable fire around 1920.

 The story behind each contributes to the estate’s haunted legacy. The first hotel, known as the White Sulphur Springs Resort Hotel, was constructed in 1832. Within this complex of hand-cut limestone, colonial vacationers could book a cottage and enjoy a relaxing soak at its bathhouse. In 1855, a second hotel was added by Branch Jordan’s nephew, Edwin Clarendon Jordan, who opted for wood instead of limestone. He also made this hotel lie closer to the capitol. It thus became a favorite destination for government officials… that is, until the Civil War.

 When conflict reached Stephenson, the hotel was forced to transform into a temporary hospital. Here, both Union and Confederate soldiers sought treatment and refuge. Of course, many would not leave alive. “Soldiers who died while at Jordan Springs were buried on the grounds until 1866, when their remains were re-interred at the Stonewall Cemetery in Winchester.”

During the Civil War (1861-1865) the resort ceased normal functions and was temporary converted into a hospital for both the Confederate and Union forces, depending upon which side held the nearby Winchester, Virginia. Many sick and wounded soldiers came to Jordan Springs for medical treatment, especially from teh Sharpsburg (Antietam), Gettysburg, and Winchester battlefields. Even though Martinsburg, West Virginia was closer, Confederate sympathies were stronger here.

Soldiers who died while at Jordan Springs were buried on the grounds until 1866, when their remains were re-interred at the Stonewall Cemetery in Winchester. http://historicjordansprings.com/during-civil-war/

An interesting sidebar is that Jordan Springs will be dedicating a memorial to the women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War:
Jordan Springs Civil War

This is a Civil War era photo provided by the Library of Congress shows a portrait of Frances Clalin Clayton, woman who disguised herself as a man, "Jack Williams," to fight in the Civil War.

 On May 15, 2015, Steve Killings, board president of The Academy for Veteran Education and Training, an educational nonprofit group located at Historic Jordan Springs, said that the organization is trying to erect a monument to honor the more than 500 women who posed as men so they could fight. (Library Of Congress via AP)

 According to the Civil War Trust, more than 3 million soldiers fought in the war (about 620,000 lost their lives, nearly as many as all other American conflicts combined).

 Killings said that there is no memorial anywhere dedicated to the little-known group of women who fought as valiantly as their male counterparts, and not as nurses or seamstresses, but as combat soldiers. "There have been 513 positively identified women who fought in the war," Killings said. "It's a field that's not very well documented because women had to hide their identities." According to Killings, Tonie Wallace and Greig Aitken — the owners of Historic Jordan Springs — are donating a portion of their land to the public trust for construction of the monument. He said that Jordan Springs is an ideal spot, as it is close to battlefield sites in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia and a scenic drive from Washington, D.C. - See more at: http://www.civilwarfamily.us/women-and-tradition/#sthash.JiH8VsOh.dpuf

Read more about the hisory of Jordan Springs after the Civil War:  https://colonialghosts.com/historic-jordan-springs/  

See the video of EVP captured by Alexandria Paranormal Investigations at Jordan Springs:
Lead Investigator Mike Robishaw saying "Awnee Shinobi" If you listen closely you can hear a ghost repeat the same words back to him near the end of this video. This was recorded at Historic Jordan Springs Virginia.

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