HISTORIC MINERAL SPRINGS INFORMATION AND PHOTOGRAPHS

A movement to develop the town (Blue Ridge) as a summer resort developed when the Rev. Joel Butts, pastor of the Blue Ridge Baptist Church found three mineral springs. He cleaned out the springs, had the water analyzed, and let the people know about it. Drinking the water was believed to benefit one's general health because the springs have magnesium, iron, and sulphur.

Eva Baugh remembers the mineral springs. "People came from South Georgia, Atlanta, places like that, mostly during July and August. Folks stayed for weeks at the hotel and boarding houses. They thought the water would heal them if they drank it and carried it away in jugs. It smelled like swamp water to me. Some people just came for the day and would arrive on the train. People walked from town to the mineral springs. Everyone walked in those days and that wasn't considered very far then. Even if you didn't drink the water, it was a good place to gosssip."

Between 1910 and 1920 a six-sided pavilion was constructed at the mineral springs, on the Georgia Baptist Assembly Grounds.