Even before the Springs were a part of the Patton Land Grant of 1751, native peoples enjoyed the protection of this hollow.
The Yellow Sulphur Spring, currently flowing out of a well under the Gazebo, is a cold mineral spring. the water is rich with iron, calcium, magnesium, lithium and some sulphur. It is clear and has no offensive odor.
During the nineteenth century physicians understood the limitations of the usual diet and lifestyle thus encouraged mineral supplementation by drinking mineral water. Guests could schedule a personal evaluation to receive a prescription for the number of ounces of spring water to be imbibed daily. They usually stayed for two weeks enjoying the temperate temperature, beautiful gardens and recreation.
Around 1924 ownership of the property was bought by a consortium of prominent African American businessmen. They operated the South’s “premiere Colored resort” for several years.
In the late 1920’s several Christiansburg businessmen attempted to launch a revitalized health and pleasure resort at Yellow Sulphur Springs. The Stock Market crash and the economic depression that followed stymied their plans.