Civil War Display at North House


Did you know that the Greenbrier Valley was a strategic military location during the Civil War? Or that Greenbrier County was a major supplier of Salt Peter which is used in the manufacture of gunpowder? In honor of the Sesquicentennial, the Greenbrier Historical Society created a display discussing the Civil War in Greenbrier County, featuring a sabre used at the Battle of Lewisburg, a chair from a civil war encampment, and personal items from local men who fought for the Confederate army.

We invite everyone to visit the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum, located at 301 W. Washington Street, Monday – Saturday from 10am to 4pm. For more information, contact 304.645.3398 or



Item of the Week – June 28, 2013



Item of the Week: Greenbrier County Land Warrant Entry Book
The archivists at the Greenbrier Historical Society are currently preserving the original Greenbrier County land warrant entry book.  Ranging from 1780 to 1839,  the book contains over 700 pages of land surveys. The goal is to make this resource available to researchers.

Tell Us What You Thought – 150 Years of Stereotypes

Glenn Taylor

Glenn Taylor

David Corbin

David Corbin










The Greenbrier Historical Society and Greenbrier Valley Theatre would just like to thank everyone who attended our sesquicentennial event “150 Years of Stereotypes: Exploring West Virginia in Literature and History!” We were fortunate to have two authors – Glenn Taylor and David Corbin – join us for what we thought was a good evening.

As always, we would love to hear what you thought of the event! Please take a short survey to help us better plan future programs and events or respond directly to this post:

Greenbrier Artist Show – “Images of the North House”


The Greenbrier Historical Society & North House Museum is pleased to host local artwork painted by the very talented Greenbrier Artists. The show, titled “Images of the North House,” is a collection of 28 paintings and sketches completed during their Plein Air Weekend, and will run from Friday June 22 to Monday July 8, 2013.

The Greenbrier Artists are a group of working artists who have been painting in Greenbrier County since 1974. With approximately 90 members, the Greenbrier Artists paint regularly at Carnegie Hall. Anyone is welcome to join.

Don’t forget to stop by the North House Monday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm to see this great show before it ends on July 8th!

Birthplace of Rivers National Monument

In the spirit of preserving 150 years of natural beauty and cultural identity, we are sharing the following Call to Action from the Birth Place of Rivers National Monument initiative.
Birth Place of Rivers
“Covered from end to end, and on all sides, by the ancient Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia is exquisite in its natural splendor. It is the most southern of the northern; the most northern of the southern; the most eastern of the western; and the most western of the eastern States. It is where the east says “good morning” to the west, and where Yankee Doodle and Dixie kiss each other goodnight.” – Senator Robert C. Byrd

         Take action to help create West Virginia’s only national monument!
The Birthplace of Rivers National Monument would forever preserve a recreationally, ecologically and culturally significant landscape in the southern Monongahela National Forest, known to many West Virginians as the “Mon”.  The proposed national monument would protect special features such as the Cranberry Backcountry, Tea Creek, Falls of Hills Creek, Cranberry Glades and critical headwaters of six trout-rich rivers.  This area means so much to local communities and the Mountain State as a whole, but without a more permanent protective status, the Mon’s natural treasures are not guaranteed to remain as Wild and Wonderful as they are today.  Unless protected by law, future management of certain public lands could change in favor of increased industrial development, forever altering the way West Virginians and our visitors enjoy the southern Mon.

As we celebrate 150 years of statehood, West Virginia’s congressional leaders have an opportunity to set aside some of the most special wild places in the southern Mon for future generations, honoring a rich mountain culture deeply connected to the land.  The proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument is a balanced approach to protecting and restoring wild forests and coldwater streams, preserving our heritage and providing for a more sustainable economic future.  This West Virginia Day, sportsmen, mountain bikers, business owners, conservationists, religious groups and local community leaders are coming together to ensure the exploration and enjoyment of this Wild and Wonderful land for many generations to come.

Let’s make the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument a reality!

Take Action!
Tell Senators Manchin and Rockefeller to honor the Mountain State by supporting the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument!   Let our Senate leaders know why protecting the southern Monongahela National Forest is important to you.

Senator Jay Rockefeller
(202) 224-6472

Senator Joe Manchin

Birthplace of Rivers National Monument – Our Heritage, Our Future
Get involved, learn more, connect with the citizen campaign:

ITEM OF THE WEEK – June 21, 2013



ITEM OF THE WEEK: 1869 portrait of Mattie Ould.
Mattie was chosen as Belle of the Old White Resort because of her outstanding beauty, charm and wit.  But her story has a tragic ending.  Mattie eloped with a penniless Richmond artist that her father did not approve of.  Her father disowned her and she died in childbirth shortly after.  She begged to see her father one last time, but he refused and she died without his forgiveness.  This hauntingly beautiful portrait is on display at the North House Museum

Item of the week – June 14, 2013


This week’s Item of the Week comes to us from the Collections Room.


This image of Weyers Cave in Augusta County, Virginia is a lithograph by Edward Beyer from 1858.  Beyer was a German artist who traveled through western Virginia painting many beautiful landscapes. He eventually had his paintings made into lithographs that were bound and sold as the Album of Virginia.

Many of Beyer’s lithographs can be found on display at the North House Museum.

West Virginia Sequicentennial Events

Join the Greenbrier Historical Society, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, and Carnegie Hall for a series of special programming and events from June 16 to June 21, 2013!

150 Years of Stereotypes: Exploring West Virginia in Literature and History

Author Glenn Taylor

Author Glenn Taylor

The Greenbrier Historical Society and the Greenbrier Valley Theatre are co-hosting “150 Years of Stereotypes” on Tuesday June 18th at 7:30 PM. This free program, held at Greenbrier Valley Theatre, features writer Glenn Taylor and historian David Corbin and will explore how stereotypes play a role in how West Virginians are perceived and how we view ourselves, both historically and today.

Historian David Corbin

Historian David Corbin

Seating is limited, so please reserve your seats today. Tickets are available at Greenbrier Valley Theatre, located at 113 E. Washington Street, Monday-Friday 1pm to 5pm or at the Greenbrier Historical Society, located at 301 W. Washington Street, Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.

Learn about the Greenbrier Ghost and Greenbrier Martyr
If you’ve seen the Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s performances of The Greenbrier Ghost and The Greenbrier Martyr, stop by the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum through June to learn a little more about these historical figures and see artifacts associated with the stories. Among other items, GHS has a drawing completed by Edward “Trout” Shue while he was in prison for killing his wife Zona Heaster, and items found in the well where David Creigh disposed of the Union soldier’s body.  The Greenbrier Historical Society, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg, is open free to the public Monday-Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Civil War Artifacts On Display
As West Virginians, this year celebrates not only the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, but also 150 years of statehood. The Greenbrier Historical Society will be hosting a traveling exhibit Born of the Rebellion: West Virginia Statehood from July 15th to August 9th. Until then, GHS will have a number of Civil War artifacts on-display in the North House Museum to celebrate the Greenbrier Valley’s role in the conflict that ultimately brought about statehood.


Thank You for Everyone’s Participation in Lemonade and Lavender










The Greenbrier Historical Society would like to thank everyone who assisted with our Lemonade and Lavender weekend, especially Page Dickson, James Jeter, Margaret & David Hambrick, Herbert & Katy Montgomery, and the owners of the Cedars who opened their homes to us and made us feel welcome! The homeowners, docents, volunteers, board of directors, and staff members all made this day possible by donating their time and energy to prepare the sites and ensure that everything photo18would run as smoothly as possible.

IMG_4170We would like to say a special thank you to Barbara and Frank Tuckwiller from Watts Roost Vineyard, Lynne and Raymond Tuckwiller who provided the beautiful carriages, Reeds Old Mill for welcoming our visitors, Cathy King and the Edgarton Inn, Trinity United Methodist Church, the Church of the Incarnation, and the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church.

GHS would also like to thank everyone who participated in the events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! We will soon begin planning our 2015 tour and would love your feedback! Please complete this anonymous survey or share your comments and suggestions here!


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ITEM OF THE WEEK – June 7, 2013



This mail wagon was one of the first Rural Free Delivery Mail Carriers in the United States, originally from Charles Town in Jefferson County, West Virginia. The RFD was started in 1891 as an experimental program in Jefferson County. In 1896, RFD became an official service under President Grover Cleveland. Within a few years, Rural Free Delivery served much of West Virginia and the rest of the country – becoming widespread by 1902.

The RFD wagon is on permanent display at the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum in Lewisburg, West Virginia.