The Homestead, with a strong claim as America’s first resort, was founded a decade before the Revolution. During the 19th century, the wealthy escaped the humid South for the healing waters at the Jefferson Pools, while their children learned how to operate in polite society. The Homestead served as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War and as an internment facility for Japanese diplomats during the Second World War. Franklin D. Roosevelt chose the Homestead for location of the UN Conference on Food and Agriculture, which is still the cornerstone of international food relief policies.
Location: Hot Springs
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