Shatley Springs Inn Jewelry

Shatley Springs Inn Jewelry

On a summer day in 1890, Martin Shatley was passing by a cool mountain stream and paused to dip his hands and face in the water to soothe his hot, blistered skin. Only a few hours later he discovered that the crippling skin disease, which had plagued him for many years, seemed to be miraculously disappearing. (Shatley's own testimonial).


As the rumors spread of the miraculous curing water of Shatley Springs, people from near and far began to converge on the site seeking relief from varying skin diseases, stomach ailments, rheumatism and nervous disorders. At this time the spring was little more than a hole in the ground walled up by rocks. As there were no facilities available around the spring, visitors to the site stayed in tents around the spring or lodged with nearby families. Numerous pamphlets were published which swore testimonials to the curative powers of the spring.

A movement was started for the development of a resort on the property after Martin Shatley sold the farm surrounding the springs and moved to Wilkes County. He did not, however, sell the spring itself, returning each summer to bathe in the waters. Shatley soon began the early development of the resort by erecting a small bathhouse, which contained a long bench, a tiny heater and a bathtub of sheet iron. The water in which they bathed was heated outside in a black iron pot.

As Martin Shatley became older and was unable to visit the spring each summer, he sold it to Alonzo McNeill, Bid Williams and a Mr. Harper. The new owners refurbished the spring building with a cement enclosure and a new covering. In the 1920's, cabins and a tearoom were built and the name was changed to Radium Springs as a result of a chemical analysis revealing a trace of Radium in the water. For a short time the water was bottled and sold; one truckload in 1927 brought a price of $840 for 600 gallons. Mr. Williams bought out the interest of the other owners and changed the name back to Shatley Springs. He owned the spring until 1958, when it was sold to Lee Q. McMillan, the present owner.

Shatley Springs Inn Jewelry
407 Shatley Springs Road
Crumpler, NC 28617
Phone: (336) 982-2236

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