Cave Spring Cool
Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
95Trip End Dec 25, 1998
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Called the "small town of your dreams," Cave Spring has only 950 people yet has 90 structures and sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Beautifully maintained homes of Gothic, Victorian and Plantation styles, an 1880 train depot, and 19th-century hotels and boarding houses are reminders of the past.
The town is bilingual too. Georgia School for the Deaf, a state-operated elementary and secondary school, has been there since 1846. Almost everyone in town can communicate by sign language with the students.
But back to that swimsuit. Just off the town square in Rolater Park are the natural limestone cave and spring for which the town is named. The spring produces 3 to 4 million gallons a day of pure water, which goes to fill the park's huge pool - 1.5 acres of invigorating mineral water. And I do mean invigorating! A pool thermometer registers a cool-you-down 55 degrees - a sure cure for July heat slumps.
Picnic under pavilion shade in the grassy park and stroll past stalagmites in the musty dark of the ancient cave. When all that coolness gets you feeling frisky again, you'll find a collection of antique sops and specialty stores on the square, along with Southern cooking, ice cream, and fudge. Overnighters may want to stay at The Tumlin House, with its front-porch rocking chairs, or the historic Hearn Inn at the park. Don't forget a jug for a take-home taste of spring water. See you there.
Cave Spring, Georgia