Bath County

Historical Society

PO Box 212     (99 Courthouse Hill Road)

Warm Springs, VA 24484

(540) 839-2543

News And Notes...
  • Bath County Historical Society Survey - Please take a moment and complete our survey.  We welcome your comments, suggestions and ideas to make the Historical Society better.    

  • ATTENTION!!!  Hours Change at Bath County Historical Society.  Beginning immediately, we will be open on FRIDAY and SATURDAY, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.  On December 1, 2013, we will close for the winter, and be open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  We plan to reopen in April 2014.  A notice will appear on our site to let you know what day.  Thank you.
  • Uncovering the History of Bath County's Segregated Schools: The story of two Rosenwald Schools for the black community - May 9. 2013 7 PM

Cynthia Boteler will present her research on the two local Rosenwald school buildings (Switchback & TC Walker) at the Old Dairy Barn in Warm Springs.  Also featured will be Virginia State University Archivist Lucious Edwards and anthropologist, historian & director of the Tusculum Institute at Sweet Briar College, Dr. Lynn Rainville.

Program Background 

  • Where Did They Go?  What the Emancipation Proclamation Meant to the African American Community - April 21 3 PM, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church (92 Pisgah Rd, Warm Springs, VA)

Historical Society board member and Bath resident PY Henry explores through old photographs and documents the travels and life of former slaves in western Virginia.



  • BCHS President Rick Armstrong Now Working 2-3 Days Per Week at the Museum

Organizing, protecting and cataloging our collection is a top priority for the historical society.  To help us move forward, Rick Armstrong has joined our staff to provide additional energy, expertise and time for this arduous task.  The historical society has also sought guidance from Paulette Schwarting of the Virginia Historical Society for advice and planning with the project.


  • New Museum Software at BCHS
Our new museum software promises to provide the necessary infrastructure and support we will need to make great strides in the proper cataloging of our large collection of artifacts.  We're getting off to a great start--but much to do!
  • New Note Cards and 5x7 Prints Available
Doreen Ralston art - available at the museum retail area


VHS Guests Receive Museum Tour
A number of guests visiting from the Virginia Historical Society enjoyed a tour of the Bath museum hosted by Rick Armstrong, while Nell Carpenter narrated a slideshow of the museum's Hoover photographs.