Capon Springs, West Virginia

Capon Springs is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County, West Virginia, United States. According to the 2000 census, the Capon Springs community has a population of 95.[1]

Capon Springs, West Virginia
Capon Springs is located in West Virginia
Capon Springs
Capon Springs
Capon Springs is located in the United States
Capon Springs
Capon Springs
Coordinates: 39°8′10″N 78°29′4″W / 39.13611°N 78.48444°W / 39.13611; -78.48444Coordinates: 39°8′10″N 78°29′4″W / 39.13611°N 78.48444°W / 39.13611; -78.48444
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
 • Total95
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)304
Main House at Capon Springs Resort.
The Octagon House from Capon Springs Road.

It is located on Capon Springs Road (West Virginia Secondary Route 16) along Capon Springs Run. Originally known as Frye's Springs after its discoverer Henry Frye, and later established as the Town of Watson in 1787, the town was renamed for its medicinal spring.[2] The springs were believed to carry such healing power that half an acre sold for $900 in gold in the late 18th century. After West Virginia seceded from Virginia in 1863, it had to pay Virginia for the loss of the springs during Reconstruction. The historic Capon Springs & Farms resort is located here and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Herman Guy Kump (1877–1962), 19th Governor of West Virginia, and American educator Arthur R. M. Spaid (1866–1936)[3][4] were born in Capon Springs.

Historical namesEdit

The Old Red Store & Post Office.

Capon Springs and its post office have been known by several varying names throughout its history, which include:

  • Cacapehon Spring
  • Cacapon Springs
  • Frye's Springs
  • Fryes Spring
  • Fryes Springs
  • Watson
  • Watson Town
  • Watsontown
  • Watsonville

Historic sitesEdit

  • Capon Springs, Capon Springs Road (CR 16)
  • Octagon House, Capon Springs Road (CR 16)
  • Old Red Store, Capon Springs Road (CR 16) & McIlwee Road (CR 16/1)
  • Ms. Bessie's Bungalow, Capon Springs Road (CR 16)


  1. ^ Capon Springs, West Virginia ZIP code profile Archived January 7, 2005, at the Wayback Machine, Archived December 30, 2005, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 2008-01-19.
  2. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 154.
  3. ^ Maxwell & Swisher 1897, p. 730.
  4. ^ Secrest 1922, p. 65.


External linksEdit

  Media related to Capon Springs, West Virginia at Wikimedia Commons