This former Southern plantation listed on the National Historic Register dates back to 1850 when William Penn Yonge built his home on land featuring a clear 30-acre spring-fed lake. This show place and resort for Yonge's family and friends would become the scene of elaborate social gatherings and sporting events. Spring Villa Park, which continues to serve as a site for family and group gatherings complete with camping, hiking, picnic and swimming facilities, is maintained and operated by the Opelika Parks and Recreation Department.
Adding to the charm of the plantation is the legend claiming that the mid-19th century house is now haunted by Yonge, a harsh master said to have angered his many slaves. This chilling legend tells of the one slave who, seeking revenge for some undeserved punishment, hid one night in the niche located above the 13th step of the home's spiral staircase. It is said that the angry slave stabbed Yonge to death as he reached the 13th step, where a dark red stain believed to be the master's blood remained until it's rotted wood was repaired many years later. Visitors touring the homestead are still warned to avoid stepping on this haunted spot.
Today, Spring Villa is 325-acre park that continues to attract large family and community gatherings and events. In addition to the historic house, Spring Villa Park contains a picnic shelter, spring-fed swimming pool, concession area, outdoor volleyball court, horseshoe pit, day camp compound, restrooms, walking trails and a well-maintained campground. The campground has electrical hook-ups, a dumping station and restrooms. The main house, shelter and campgrounds can be rented year-round through Opelika Parks and Recreation at 334-705-5560 for reunions, parties and other social functions. A full-time resident manager lives on the grounds.
Located six miles southeast of Opelika. From US Hwy 29: Turn on 10th Street/Geneva Street/Marvyn Parkway. Turn left on Crawford Lane (Hwy 169). Proceed 4.5 miles to Spring Villa Road ( Hwy 148). Turn left. The main entrance is 1.5 miles on right. OR
From I-85 : Take the Opelika- Hurtsboro exit. Turn left and follow above directions.