White Sulphur Springs, Meriwether County

white sulphur springs well house meriwether county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

On the winding drive between Harris City and Pine Mountain I came across this site, which immediately caught my attention. Research led me to the story of one of old Georgia’s most famous health resorts, White Sulphur Springs. Thanks to the efforts of Steven Stewart, the present owner, it’s being restored. Apparently, it had stood abandoned for many years.

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Like the other mineral springs which dot Meriwether County, White Sulphur Springs has a water whose quality has legions of devotees. To those it’s helped with all sorts of ailments, its healing powers are real. In an article for the Chattahoochee Heritage Project, Mr. Stewart told Aaron Lake, “I can’t say whether it has medicinal properties, but these people have experienced it.” I believe Mr. Stewart has plans to bottle the water in the future.

white sulphur springs ga meriwether county cabin photograph copyright brian brown vansihing north georgia usa 2016

In its prime, White Sulphur Springs boasted a luxury hotel, which burned down in 1948, but a few cabins and the pavilion remain. An obvious love of history has motivated Mr. Stewart to save what he can on this historic property. Notables such as John D. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, George Vanderbilt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Jackie Kennedy were among the many celebrities who visited here.

white sulphur springs meriwether county ga pavillion photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

I’m presently unaware of the progress of the restoration, but this is private property. My photos were made from the right of way. I just couldn’t pass by without stopping.




8 responses to “White Sulphur Springs, Meriwether County

  1. kilby hanna

    Never in a million years did I think you would feature something connected to my family!
    Alexander Hanna built The White Sulphur Spring’s Hotel in 1871! He was my 4th great uncle. I only heard of it when I started doing genealogy and digging deeper into family history a few years ago. Alexander died in 1894.
    Best of luck to Mr. Stewart in his restoration efforts.

  2. kilby hanna

    I guess there are 2 White Sulpher Springs! I’m completely in the wrong state. Alexander Hanna’s hotel was in De Kalb County, Alabama, next door to Dade County Georgia.
    My apologies!

    • It’s fine, Kilby. There are at least two places with this name in Georgia, as well. Mineral springs were the spas of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. As popular then as beaches are today!

      • Florida also has a White Springs, that I think used to be called White Sulfur Springs. Doing genealogy research I found reference to a gentleman from Appling County having died two weeks after getting home from spending two months in the ‘rejuvenating waters of White Springs Florida’.

  3. lynda warner

    There is another area of the springs a little further back from the highway. We used to drive over Ang get 2 or three gallons every couple of weeks. This was in 2009-10. It does help many ailments.

  4. wendy rivers Durham

    I am reading Murder in Coweta County and it is mentioned that Turners body was put in a well on that land at White Sulfur Springs. I have riden by there many times on the way to Pine Mountain and have heard stories. I think it would be great to have this restored

  5. Allqua Water recently acquired these Sulphur springs and is bottling under the name Allqua Water.

    About Allqua Water
    Silver Member

    Allqua water comes from a single spring source located in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Allqua water is unique because our spring is 100% naturally alkaline. The natural elements, minerals, and alkalinity found in our water combine to create a superior taste that is unmatched.

  6. My maternal grandfather was born in White Sulfer Springs, Meriwether County, GA. Check out the (now out-of-print-book) __Brooks of Honey and Butter__ , by Wm. Davidson

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