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Day 10 of Jacob's Journey: Taking to the Waters

Posted on June 1, 2012

George Washington's Bathtub in Berkeley Springs, WV via Wikipedia

 

May 31, 1819

I've never seen sights in my entire life like the ones my eyes have graced in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia -- also known 'round these parts as Bath, after the village in the country we fought against for independence. Here, this traveling boy is encountering gamblers, rogues, acting troupes, single ladies looking for husbands, and bachelors all too pleased with the prospects. There's horse racing, music, boxing, and free flowing liquor. It's what I like to call a hog-killing time!

But the main reason to visit Berkeley Springs -- which was founded by the Father of our Nation, President George Washington -- is to take to the tepid natural spring waters. So after making sure Pioneer was secure and fed, I paid a visit to the bath house to give myself a wash. Never have I felt such warm water, such a relief for my saddle-weary bones! Legend has those suffering from arthritis and other ailments have found relief in these waters.

After my bath, I put on my best bib and tucker* and was served a scrumptious dinner by Mrs. Thorgmorton, who runs the town's inn. I was amazed by Mrs. Thorgmorton's skills at running a kitchen, for there had to be at least 40 other guests staying and we were all well filled on soup, bread, beef, and cobbler.

Now Jacob Bromwell Inc. is not in the business of selling warm bath water, but we do sell many items that can help you run an inn kitchen as efficiently as Mrs. Thorgmorton's, such as our Wonder Shredders. This set of three shredders make grating cheese, fruit, veggies, and chocolate a snap. And the American tin material helps them stay sharper longer. I made a note to have a set shipped to Mrs. Thorgmorton as a thank you once I set up shop in Cincinnati.

But don't take my word about Berekely Springs -- you can visit it for yourself. Check out this history and attractions on their site by clicking here.

*Early American slang for best clothes


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