Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Experience an Ashe County Tradition

Long a part of Ashe County history and tradition - Shatley Springs Restaurant offers iconic family style, country dining in a casual setting. 

Shatley Springs' history is very similar to our history here at Healing Springs in that the property was built around a natural spring discovered in 1890 by Martin Shatley.  Mr. Shatley testified to the curative powers of the spring and 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. The current owner, Lee McMillan has owned and operated the restaurant and cabins since 1958. 

People often ask if the water from Shatley Springs is the same as the water from Healing Springs? While the historical documents showing the analysis of the waters list similar minerals in both waters, they are not identical. Healing Springs was discovered in 1883 and for a long time had a sign on the spring house that said "the original Healing Springs". We always suggest that folks try the water from both springs and taste for themselves.

Breakfast served at Shatley Springs is renown for being hearty and having all of the traditional country style favorites. Biscuits, all warm and fresh from the oven, crisp bacon, tasty sausage and fluffy eggs, along with pancakes, are just a few of the items offered. The offer a family style "all you can eat" option for $11.22 per person, or you can order off the menu - $3.95 to $5.95 per plate. They open at 7 am on the weekends, and we always suggest getting there early!

The restaurant is open until 9 pm every day and offers a great lunch or dinner featuring their fried chicken plates. The family style meal is $18.70 per person, or you can order off the menu for between $3.95 to $9.95. If you are a fan of fried chicken, it is well worth stopping in for lunch or dinner! 

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