Virginia Ball Invitations
Scope and Content
The ball invitations in this collection represent events at the Montgomery White Sulphur Springs resort, the Yellow Sulphur Springs resort, and the Hancock House. The invitations feature the type of ball, the date of the ball, and the names of the floor managers and/or committee of invitation. While resorts like the Montgomery White Sulphur Springs and Yellow Sulphur Springs were well-known for the healing powers that the mineral water supposedly contained, they were also popular vacation destinations.
- 1870 - 1871
Language of Materials
The material in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
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The Montgomery White Sulphur Springs resort–located near Blacksburg, Virginia–was incorporated in 1855 and construction began soon after. This resort, like several others in Virginia and West Virginia, was a popular getaway for visitors to benefit from the supposed healing powers of the mineral spring water. While the White Sulphur Springs resort in West Virginia had the reputation of being the best of these resorts, the Montgomery White, as well as many other similar resorts in Virginia, offered other alternatives. Beginning in 1862, the Montgomery White served as a Confederate hospital. After the war, the Montgomery White was restored and reopened, hosting such important historical events as the Southern Historical Society's first meeting, at which Jefferson Davis was in attendance. Economic hardships at the end of the 19th century caused the closure of the Montgomery White; in 1904, all remaining buildings were razed.
Around 1810, the Yellow Sulphur Springs resort was built by Charles Taylor between Blacksburg and Christiansburg, Virginia, and by the 1850s, it was a popular resort that was constantly expanding. Like other resorts built to take advantage of the healing powers of the mineral water, this hotel had several structures, including a grand hotel, guest cottages, and a gazebo under which guests could drink the restorative waters. Today, the Yellow Sulphur Springs Resort still stands with many of the original buildings intact, making it the only surviving resort in Southwest Virginia from the ante-bellum period.
While various resorts and inns in the United States claim the name of Hancock House, the particular institution to which the ball invitation refers cannot be determined.
For more information on Montgomery White Sulphur Springs and Yellow Sulpher Springs, see: Reniers, Perceval. The Springs of Virginia; Life, Love and Death at the Waters, 1775-1900. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1941. Rare Book Collection: Spec Large F226 .R4 c.4 or Spec Civil War F226 .R4 c.5
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The three invitations represent events at the Montgomery White Sulphur Springs, Yellow Sulphur Springs, and the Hancock House resorts.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Source of Acquisition
The Virginia Ball Invitations were donated to Special Collections in 2004.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Virginia Ball Invitations by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Virginia Ball Invitations commenced and was completed in July 2009.
- Virginia Ball Invitations, 1870-1871
- Lora Settle, Graduate Assistant
- 2009 (CC0 1.0)
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