Warner Fund Raiser
Governor of Virginia, Mark Warner, (Left) giving a talk to supporters, then Mr. & Mrs. G. Queen ~ Mark Warner ~ Nanette and David Spears, Innkeepers (Right) were bursting with pride, honored to have the Governor enjoying himself at Brunswick Mineral Springs. "It's not every day you entertain the Governor", said Nan Spears. What she doesn't know is even the Governor would travel the full state of Virginia to get to her cheesecake!
Fund Raiser - August 2000
Senator Chuck Robb, Innkeeper Nanette Spears and Family Friend JoAnn Walthal take time to relax after a full afternoon of historical fundraising. Brunswick Mineral Springs was in full glory to be hosting yet another Honored guest from the great state of Virginia.
Helen Thomas Visit
During Helen Thomas' visit to the South Side Forum
she stayed with us at Brunswick Mineral Springs. A picture of Helen Thomas with Nan, Dave and the rest of the crew. Helen Thomas enjoys a moment with Joanne Walthall, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Congress.
Brunswick Mineral Springs In The News
The following is an excerpt from:
Raleigh-Durham North Carolina, News and Observer (Sunday, October 13, 2002)
Plantation Rest Homes
By Su Clauson-Wicker, Correspondent
Forget the five battlefields, four gardens and six museums in three days. Shun the interstates. When you visit Southside Virginia, think relaxation. It's only appropriate in this rural area of old plantation farms, where time has trod lightly. About 20 miles east, near Lawrenceville, Brunswick Mineral Springs Bed and Breakfast exudes tranquility, just as it did 200 years ago when guests took the healing waters in stone pools behind the manor.
Innkeepers David and Nanette Spears hope to restore the mineral-rich spa some day, but no matter -- they'll still deliver tall glasses of sweet tea to the porch rocker or hammocks slung between the crape myrtles. Under a canopy of century oaks and magnolias, the songbirds sound especially sweet. In the cool, stone summer quarters underneath the house, an antique, human-powered lattice fan hangs over the bar. On special occasions, hoop-skirted girls and valets in tuxedos serve guests. For evening entertainment, I declined billiards, videos, darts and horseshoes to hear Nanette's stash of local legends and ghost stories. At the crucial moment, a hall door swung slowly open. "Everything's a little off plumb here," she said.
All gothic elements of a 1785 plantation are in place. Guests have their pick of three upstairs suites and a colonial hospitality cottage, all decorated with antiques and outfitted with private baths. The only televisions are in the cottage and in a corner of the third-floor suite. Visitors may opt for the Scarlett O'Hara-treatment breakfast in bed or take a full country breakfast on the screened porch. Everyone has the opportunity to sample Nanette's chocolate raspberry cheesecake in the evenings. Numerous walking paths crisscross the 27-acre estate carved out of the original tobacco plantation. We examined the slave quarters, well house, tobacco barn and livery while following the call of unseen wild turkeys. For those who like a little activity, the Spearses can arrange boat rentals and fishing charters for bass, bream or crappie on nearby Lake Gaston or set up a tee time at Lake Gaston Golf Club. Brunswick County even boasts a private diving camp, Lake Rawlings, where scuba instruction is dispensed night and day March through November, and experienced divers can explore underwater structures, including the sailboat used when the 2000 Gene Hackman movie "The Replacements" was filmed there. The writer is author of "The Inn to Inn Walking Guide to Virginia and West Virginia" (Globe Pequot Press).