THREE SPRINGS HOSTEL - HISTORY
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Three Springs in 1980 Rendition


Three Springs is a parcel of 11 Acres of land in the George Washington National Forest, it was part of a 100 acre parcel belonging to Sweet Briar College of Amherst, Va. in the late 1800's the land was given as a gift and was primarily used for hunting. Later it became a working farm where they raised cattle and grew the best cabbage in Amherst County (Reported by one of our neighbors to us when we become the property owners). It was eventually divied up between family members and eventually sold on the market. Our 11 acres is 3 acres of meadow and 8 acres of woods mostly damaged white pine from huricanes and from previous owners removing the hardwoods to raise money. The white pines that were damaged have become infested with engraver beetles. The trees are interspersed with various other soft and hardwoods, of which one is locust. There is only 1 locust tree still alive on the property of which all of the others have died at a fairly young age since they are 5 inches or less in diameter. The original housing structure was a one room cabin with a sleeping loft and was used as a hunting cabin. Eventually 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen and laundry room were added on to the original cabin. The pond was added in the 70's and was originally 12 feet deep, it has since filled in and is now 7 feet at its deepest point. In the 70's thru the 90's was primarily used as a getaway for summer fun and weekends until the previous owners retired to the property. We purchaced the property in October 2013 with the intention of it being a Hiker Hostel for the Appalachian Trail and other Trails in the vacinity of Hog Camp Gap at the AT Mile marker 803.4 from Spring Mouting Georgia. We are organic growers/farmers and intend for the property to once again become a sustainable farm and get back to our historical roots.