Vade Mecum is an integral piece of the history of the Sauratown Mountains. Beginning in the mid 1800’s and lasting through the second decade of the 20th century, there were three major mineral Spring Resorts near Hanging Rock State Park. The last one standing is one of three hotels that were built at the Vade Mecum Resort. While Moore Springs Resort, and Piedmont Springs Resort are long gone, the 1902 hotel at Vade Mecum is still standing and is in remarkable condition! This is because it has been in continual use up until 2014, at which time the property was transferred to Hanging Rock State Park.
Not only is the old hotel still on the property, but also standing are a 1929 Olympic Swimming Pool, various cabins some of which date to the 1930’s, a beautiful wooden auditorium with a stage from 1929, a stone episcopal chapel begun in 1939, the Mineral Spring house, and various other buildings including a horse barn.
Right now the timeline for the restoration project is unknown. One day it will be a stunning Event Venue – and all monies will go toward the renovation of the property.
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