"The following are excerpts from the book ( looking for the book! ) on
A movement to develop the town (Blue Ridge) as a summer resort
developed when the Rev. Joel Cutts, 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. The thought the water would heal them if they drank it
and they 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 gossip."
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Between 1910 and 1920 a six-sided pavilion was constructed at the
mineral springs, on the Georgia Baptist Assembly Grounds. We are looking for more information from the citizens of Blue Ridge.
As more information becomes available, this page will be updated.