The history of Jordan Springs is documented back to 1549, when the Catawba Indians discovered two mineral springs, the White Sulphur Spring and the Calibeate Spring, which flow from the grotto at the base of a nearby cliff-like hill called Devil's Backbone. The Indians used the area as a meeting place for almost a century and a half, at which point the mineral springs were discovered by settlers. The property was later made into a resort centering around the therapeutic and healing medicinal powers of the springs. Since 1832, three separate hotels have stood on the property; the brick portion of the current building was completed in 1893 by Edwin Clarendon Jordan, Jr.
During the Civil War (1861-1865), Jordan Springs was used as a hospital for both Confederate and Union forces, depending upon which side held nearby Winchester, Virginia. Many sick and wounded Confederate soldiers came to Jordan Springs for medical treatment, especially from the Sharpsburg (Antietam), Gettysburg, and Winchester battlefields. Soldiers who died at Jordan Springs were buried on the grounds, and in 1866, the remains of those soldiers were removed and taken to the Stonewall Cemetery located in nearby Winchester. Both armies traveled the Jordan Springs Road, and it is said that at the beginning of the Second Battle of Winchester, General Johnson stopped at Jordan Springs to ask for directions to Stephenson Depot.
The historic Jordan Springs property was a popular resort destination for many years. Many visitors, including Gen. Robert Lee, Gen. Stonewall Jackson, President Roosevelt, and other statesmen from the Washington, D.C. area, came from surrounding states to enjoy the facilities and grounds. In later years, Jordan Springs served as the seminary and monastery of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity of the Catholic Church. The property still maintains the atmosphere of a retreat environment, with the natural surroundings supplying much of the peaceful beauty.
Historic Jordan Springs now serves as the corporate offices of County Court Reporters, Inc., Court Reporting Consultants, and Advanced LEGAL Technologies, LLC., and Historic Jordan Springs Event & Cultural Centre.The facility is used as a technology and training centre, complete with video conferencing. Historic Jordan Springs, steeped in history and conveniently located just 60 miles west of Washington, DC, is nestled among the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley. It is a convenient location where you can not only feed your mind, but feed your soul.