Early explorers of Virginia learned from Indians of a spring in a certain secluded valley among the hills, which was considered "great medicine for the sick." The Indians called the spring a name which meant "good health water." They claimed the water was different from any other in the region because the Great Spirit had put "great medicine" into it.
This was Seawright Springs located at Mount Sydney in Augusta County, in the quiet hills of the Shenandoah Valley. In 1741, 34 years before the Declaration of Independence, King George II of England deeded by land grant 800 acres of the Shenandoah Valley to a John Seawright.
George Seawright, his last descendant, died in 1888. Eighty-nine acres of his estate, including the spring, were sold for $2,625. By 1890 the spring water had become well known as a healing and restorative agent. The property was then sold to a new owner who expanded the use of bottled spring water by presenting its merits to physicians in various cities. When the property was sold again in 1989, construction was started on a large resort hotel. It was completed in 1905 and was very popular for two years before it was completely destroyed by fire.
The property changed hands several times during the ensuing years, with the spring water gaining widespread recognition. Accounts receivable, which still exist from the 1920s, show shipments at one dollar per gallon f.o.b. the spring shipped to customers in Fort Worth, Boston, New York City, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tucson and many other cities.
In 1965 Seawright Springs was purchased by I.H. Baker of Stanto, Virginia and S.D. Barker of Arlington, Virginia. Since 2003 it has been owned by Seawright Holdings, LLC