George Washington’s Bathtub Celebration
Friday through Sunday, March 16-18, 2018
BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV —– Berkeley Springs celebrates its most unique historical site, George Washington’s Bathtub, with a weekend devoted to dollar sales, local history and music. From Friday through Sunday, March 16-18, the tiny spa town highlights the country’s only outdoor monument to presidential bathing. The stone tub located in Berkeley Springs State Park was recently 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 noon on Sunday. This year, readings: “George and Martha”. Washington’s rock; Green George painting; colonial uniform; George’s lots; George and James Rumsey.
Shopping specials prove that Washington’s face still means something in Berkeley Springs with dollar related discounts and sales on everything from bars of George Washington Bath soap, worry dolls, and unbuttered popcorn to cherry pie.
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.
“One thing Washington complained about when he visited Berkeley Springs in later years was not having a place to stay,” said Laura Smith, Administrator of Travel Berkeley Springs. “It’s not true now.” Dozens of lodging options range from Victorian B&Bs in town to rustic cabins and fully equipped vacation homes along the rivers and ridges.
For all the details of Washington Bathtub weekend specials, check posters featuring George in a tub posted around town, or call 1-800-447-8797. George Washington’s Bathtub Celebration is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – Friday through Sunday, March 16-18, 2018
Museum of the Berkeley Springs – Saturday 11am-4pm – season opening.
Saturday 1:30m – Demonstration colonial calligraphy; Sunday noon – traditional reading from George Washington’s papers.
Morgan County Observatory Star Party • 7:30pm
2-4:30pm MACreate @ the Ice House. Paint a Masterpiece w/ Janet Gauthier & Robert Howard
3-6pm – St. Paddy’s Day drumming workshop and shindig @ the Ice House.
Live Irish music – Blackthorn Trio • The Country Inn • Saturday • 7pm
Petapalooza 7-11pm • bene ts the Humane Society @ the American Legion. Live music.
Troubadour Lounge 9pm • St. Patrick’s Day w/ Kilts and Daggers
The Country Inn • peanut soup and $1 cherry pie
Tari’s Cafe • $1 off cream of crab soup
Fairfax Coffee House – hand-stirred bathtub gin ginger ale plus St. Patrick’s specialty Irish coffee drinks.
Star Theatre • $1 box of unbuttered popcorn. Playing “Peter Rabbit” 8pm Fri-Sun & Sun matinee @ 2pm
The Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop • two large worry dolls for just $1. Hakuna matata – $1
Jules Enchanting Gifts • $1 off all presidents
Mineral Springs Trading Company • $1 off handmade bars of soap, all natural and available in 18 scents!
Prim and Pretty • $1 off any candles
Berkeley Springs Memories • Washington postcard $1 • all sales donated to Berkeley Springs State Park Foundation
$1 off individual admissions @ Crunch Time Escapes