The Hot Mineral Springs were discovered by a group of mountaineer settlers in the late 18th century. Artifacts uncovered at the site indicate that the Cherokee Indians used these springs for their curative powers for many years before the settlers arrived. The town of Hot Springs was formed around these springs, beginning with a tavern in 1788. It became a popular stopping point for travelers during the American Revolution and for the drovers herding livestock on the road from Greenville, TN to Greenville, SC. Over the next 200+ years, Hot Springs, NC would develop into a popular destination for rest and relaxation. That tradition is continued today with the many amenities offered by businesses centered in the town.