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Hot Springs
Census-designated place (CDP)
Downtown Hot Springs
Downtown Hot Springs
Country United States
State Virginia
County Bath
Population (2010)
 • Total 738
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 24445

Hot Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in Bath County, Virginia, United States. The population as of the 2010 Census was 738. It is located about 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Warm Springs on U.S. Route 220.

Hot Springs has several historic resorts, for the springs helped develop Bath County. Since at least the mid 18th century, travelers came to use the springs. Thomas Bullitt built the first inn to accommodate them in 1766 and Dr. Thomas Goode expanded it. The most prominent modern resort, The Homestead, traces its origin to this inn. Mustoe House, The Yard, Barton Lodge, Switchback School, and Garth Newel are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

March 2009 shooting

On March 21, 2009, two employees of the The Homestead were shot and killed in the hotel kitchen; the community of Hot Springs was briefly locked down under code red procedures as a security precaution. Authorities identified fellow employee Beacher Ferrel Hackney as a suspect in the killings. The slayings were the first homicides in Bath County since 1983. Beacher Hackney was a fugitive until his remains were later found in a wooded area near the Cascades Golf Course. The Virginia State Police crime lab confirmed that it was indeed Hackney's remains, closing the case.

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