Within the southern Piedmont of North Carolina are a number of streams and springs as well as a temperate climate. During the latter half of the 19th century there arose an interest in homeopathic medicine and related cures. Principal among these was healing spring and water treatments. Local entrepreneurs built a hotel/resort in western Gaston County to cater to an increasingly homeopathic and affluent local populace. Archaeological surveys have identified foundations associated with the resort, as well as artifacts.