A SHORT HISTORICAL TIMELINE


1837      James Patton & Sons build the Warm Springs Hotel in Warm Springs, North Carolina
1862      James H. Rumbough purchases hotel and property from Patton
1868      Rumbough builds victorian mansion “Rutland”
1876      Christian Reid (Mrs. Frances Tiernan) publishes The Land of the Sky: or Adventures in
                 Mountain Byways
, written in part while staying at the Warm Springs Hotel
1884       Warm Springs Hotel burns
1886       Mountain Park Hotel built with adjoining marble baths and the South’s first golf course
                 Warm Springs is renamed Hot Springs when a higher temperature spring is discovered
1907      Steven B. Roberts is manager of the Mountain Park Hotel
1912       Jane Gentry family purchases “Sunnybank” property
1913       Rumbough sells the hotel property to eldest son, James Edwin “Ed” Rumbough
1916       Historic French Broad River flood destroys bridge and damages the hotel and grounds
                 British folklorist Cecil Sharp collects songs from Jane Gentry in Hot Springs
1917       United States enters World War I; Ed Rumbough leases Mountain Park Hotel to U.S. 
                 Government for internment camp; Fence, crewmen’s barracks and outbuildings built;
                 Over 2000 German detainees transferred to Hot Springs; Swimming pool, tennis courts
                 and recreation areas cleaned and repaired by internees; “Old Heidelberg” village,
                 including church and carousel, constructed beside river

1918       German internees transferred to various locations, primarily to the prison barracks at
                 Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
1918       (November) Armistice: German village largely destroyed during celebration
1920      Mountain Park Hotel and the remains of German village burn