Item of the Week – David Creigh Cartoon

IMG_0986

 

Item of the Week – October 4, 2013

This article and cartoon, printed in the Charleston Daily Mail on November 24, 1957, discusses the trial and death of David S. Creigh, the Greenbrier Martyr. Newspapers can often tell us a lot about the subject of the article as well as the time period in which the article was printed.

In November 1863, Creigh, a popular Lewisburg resident, fought and killed a Union soldier who was caught breaking his home and harassing his wife. Knowing that the Union commanders would not listen to his story, Creigh hid the body in an old dry well on his property. Unfortunately, the story spread and Creigh was arrested, sentenced to death, and hung outside of Brownsburg, Virginia.

The death of David Creigh is just one of the stories that will be told at the Haunted History event on Friday October 4th and 18th from 5-7pm.

October Tombstone Tours

503 The Greenbrier Historical Society will host a historic tour of the City of Lewisburg cemeteries on Friday October 11th and Friday October 25th 2013 at 5:00pm. The tour will discuss a few of the notable individuals buried in the cemetery, as well as our area’s sometimes bloody history. All ages are welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Tours can also be scheduled upon request for a larger group or class.

Tombstone Tours will leave from the North House promptly at 5:00pm. We suggest that you arrive a few minutes early to pick-up your “Pay What You Can” tickets. Contact the Greenbrier Historical Society at 304-645-3398 or info@greenbrierhistorical.org for more information about these and other fun and educational activities.

Haunted History Tours

 

Photo courtesy of Pamela Barry Photography

                                  Photo courtesy of Pamela Barry Photography

Join the Greenbrier Historical Society on October’s First Friday in Downtown Lewisburg for a haunted candlelit tour of the North House. For two nights only – Friday October 4th and Friday October 18th, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm – the historical society will open its doors for an evening of thrills, chills, and fall fun. The North House will once again be visited by a number of spirits who are yearning to tell our guests their tragic stories.  Come walk the darkened hallways, listen for unexplained footsteps, and prepare yourself for ghostly images.

Tours will begin every 30 minutes with a limited number of tickets for each tour. The admission fee will be “Pay What You Can” and will go to support the Greenbrier Historical Society and North House Museum.  If you have any questions or require more information, please call 304-645-3398 or email info@greenbrierhistorical.org.

2013 Annual Member Meeting & Banquet

2013 Annual Banquet Reminder

Come celebrate 50 years of history with the Greenbrier Historical Society! On Thursday, September 12th at 6:00pm, the Greenbrier Historical Society will hold its Annual Member Meeting and Banquet at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, located at 214 E. Washington Street in Lewisburg. The society’s Board of Directors and staff will provide a report on the growing organization, followed by a delicious meal prepared by the Methodist Women. Directly following the meal will be a presentation by Dr. Robert Conte, the historian at the Greenbrier Resort.

Tickets for the Greenbrier Historical Society’s Annual Member Meeting and Banquet are $16 per person and can be purchased at the North House, located at 301 W. Washington Street in Lewisburg, or by calling 304.645.3398.  Tickets must be purchased BEFORE Wednesday September 4, 2013!

Summer Picnic & Pie Auction

IMG_0668

Come join the Greenbrier Historical Society in celebrating our 50th Birthday with our First Annual Summer Picnic and Pie Auction on Sunday July 28th from 1-3pm on the North House lawn, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a summer picnic with sun, fun, and great food, including hot dogs, pasta salad, baked beans, and watermelon. And, of course, a Birthday cake from The Bakery on Court Street. After you eat, pull up a chair or blanket and stay awhile! Live music will be provided by the talented Strum Sum Band.  Back by popular demand, our homemade pie auction will begin at 2:30pm!

Whether you are a long-time member or interested in what we do up here on the hill, come enjoy a delicious lunch, bid on a pie, share some memories, and learn about all the new programs and events at the Greenbrier Historical Society!

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 4. Tickets are available in advance or on the day of the picnic. For more information or to reserve a ticket, please call 304.645.3398 or email info@greenbrierhistorical.org.

All proceeds will benefit the Greenbrier Historical Society and North House Museum. The Greenbrier Historical Society is a non-profit organization that works to collect, preserve, and  interpret the unique history and culture of the Greenbrier Valley, as well as provide educational programs and opportunities to the children and communities of southeastern West Virginia. Historical research and guided tours are offered free of charge Monday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

GHS To Host Trivia Night on July 16th

Join the Greenbrier Historical Society on Tuesday July 16 at 8:00pm for a fun night of trivia at the Irish Pub on Washington Street, located at 109 East Washington Street in Lewisburg. Whether you are a history buff or you think you know facts about West Virginia, come test your skills and enjoy an evening at the Irish Pub. Pub Quiz is held every Tuesday at the Irish Pub on Washington Street and hosted by various individuals and organizations.

irish pub

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.

WV150poster.4

Homes Tour is Almost Here!

The excitement is building and the horses are prancing in anticipation of being driven in a freshly cut hay meadow at Fairhill.  Raymond and Lynn Tuckwiller have selected the carriages to display and drive and are checking their costumes and the harness.

Jones Reunion 008

The Tuckwillers have 22 antique carriages stored in several locations.  For the Gala on June 7, they are planning to bring their landau which is a more formal conveyance that can have the top up or down according to the weather.  People who owned this kind of carriage would have always been driven by a servant so the Tuckwillers will dress accordingly.  They also plan to bring and demonstrate a “Doctor’s Buggy”.  This one will be of particular interest to people from the Greenbrier Valley because it was sold by Crickenberger and Co. of Lewisburg.  It is about 125 years old and was purchased by the Dixon family who cared for horses at the Greenbrier for many years.

Buggy

Another carriage planned for the display is a roof seat break.  This tall vehicle was often driven to events such as races.  The seats are very high and, once the horses were unhitched, it served as portable “stadium seating” for its passengers.  They may also bring a back-to-back trap.  This is a smaller vehicle which has a second seat behind the driver and passenger facing to the rear.  The seat could be folded up if not needed.  Just imagine a “rumble seat” facing the other way.

Meanwhile, in the historic Jarrett House basement kitchen, Jim Costa sized up the fireplace to determine which of his extensive collection of pre-1850’s cook ware to bring to display there.  Belinda Anderson, in an article for Goldenseal in 2001, wrote of Costa, “Many in West Virginia know Costa as a musician, playing the fiddle and banjo, singing, and instructing classes in traditional mountain music at festivals and workshops across the state. But he also is a devoted curator and conservator of the artifacts of his regional heritage. Over the course of his 50 years, he has collected thousands of tools and other pieces used in farming, blacksmithing, cabinetry, and home tending. Much of his collection came from the counties of Monroe, Summers, Greenbrier, Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Pocahontas.”

DSC02349

About 50 pieces of his extensive collection will be in their proper places in and around the kitchen fireplace.

Homeowners are polishing that last piece of furniture and pulling that last sneaky weed.   Cathy King, at Edgarton Inn, is baking cookies and making lemonade and Frank and Barbara Tuckwiller of Watt’s Roost Vineyard are chilling the wine.  All will soon be ready to welcome visitors.  All these events will happen—rain or shine.

Tickets for the Gala at Fairhill from 5-7 on Friday, June 7 must be purchased by Wednesday, June 5 at the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum.  There will be no ticket sales at the event because of the need to arrange for the food.  Tickets for the Homes and Gardens Tour are available at the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg, or the Greenbrier Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 200 West Washington Street in Lewisburg or at each house on the tour.  Tickets for the afternoon in Ronceverte are available as above or at Edgarton Inn on Sunday, June 9 from 1-4.  Call 304-645-3398 for more information.

YESTERDAY AND TODAY — RONCEVERTE ON TOUR

Lumber and the railroad fueled the development and growth of the Town of Ronceverte and the determination of its current citizens is fueling its rebirth.  Visitors are offered the opportunity to visit several historical sites during the Greenbrier Historical Society’s Lemonade and Lavender Tour to be held on Sunday, June 9, 2013 from 1 to 4:00 p.m.  Tickets for this tour as well as the traditional homes tour on Saturday, June 8 and the Gala at the Jarrett House on Friday, June 7 are available at the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg, the Greenbrier Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 200 West Washington Street in Lewisburg.  Tickets for the Ronceverte tour will also be available at Edgarton Inn on the day of that tour.

IMG_5388  Thomas Edgar, the founder of Ronceverte, started building what has become known as “Edgarton” in 1810.  Col. Cecil Clay, who was instrumental in the incorporation of the Town of Ronceverte, lived there and Col. Best, superintendent of the St. Lawrence Boom and Lumber Company, added the Victorian embellishments circa 1885.  An excellent example of the Queen Anne style, it is now a Bed and Breakfast owned by Cathy King.  She will host visitors for lemonade and cookies as well as a tour of this interesting house.

The citizens of Ronceverte first gathered in outdoor public spaces such as the lumberyard for Sunday worship services.  On July 3, 1881, the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church formally organized under the leadership of Dr. M.L. Lacy (pastor of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church) on Monroe Avenue in Ronceverte.  Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Baptists worshipped together in the church until 1882, when the Presbyterians purchased the interests of the other denominations.

In 1923, the congregation moved to its new building (and current location) on the corner of Locust Street and Greenbrier Avenue.   Major additions to the property include a pipe organ purchased by the congregation in 1950 from The Greenbrier Resort, a manse next door completed to house the minister’s family in 1958, and a Tiffany stained glass window behind the pulpit installed shortly after construction (additional stained glass windows were moved to this location from the original church building).

IMG_5383

The Methodist heritage of the Trinity United Methodist Church goes back to at least 1784 when Methodism was first organized in the Greenbrier Valley at Rehoboth, near Union in Monroe County.  The Greenbrier Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1787.  Split by the issue of slave-holding, the Methodist Episcopal Church was divided between north and south.    In 1939, Methodist union was accomplished when the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Methodist Protestant Church, and the Methodist Episcopal Church South united to form the Methodist Church.  In 1941, the West Main Street Methodist Church also merged with Trinity.

The building which Trinity now occupies was built by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South,  beginning in 1921 and was first occupied on September 17, 1922.  The new pastor, Rev. George Hazel reported on the new church saying, “It’s a compliment (sic) to our people and an ornament to the town.”

The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation was built in the tradition of mid-Nineteenth Century Episcopal Churches popularized by American architect Richard Upjohn.  This church features board and batten siding, Gothic-inspired bargeboard trim, and lancet arched windows.  The church dates from 1882, making it one of the earliest church buildings in Ronceverte.  In 1937, it was moved from Edgar Avenue to its present location.

IMG_5370

The Town of Ronceverte is undergoing a re-birth.  Nowhere is this more evident than the restored businesses located on a small section of street known as Frankford Road.  Greenbrier Cut Flowers and Gifts occupies one of the three buildings.  It was originally a pharmacy and its  restoration included saving the original tile floor and stained glass windows.  Hersman’s Safety Products occupies the next storefront, which once housed the First National Bank, and an ice cream shop is planned for the third.  Walking around the streets of Ronceverte is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

MAGNIFICENT VIEWS AND STONE GROUND GRAIN ON 2013 HOMES TOUR

DSC02240

Maple Hill, the home of James Jeter, certainly lives up to its name as one climbs a winding, one-lane, country road through some of the most beautiful farm land in the State of West Virginia to arrive on a hill top with magnificent views.  Maple Hill is one of the featured homes on the on the Greenbrier Historical Society’s Lemonade and Lavender Homes Tour to be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tickets for the home tour are available at the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg, the Greenbrier Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 200 West Washington Street in Lewisburg or at each house on the day of the tour.

Mr. Jeter, a native of Charleston, WV has been involved in historic preservation and antique collection from his youth.  He restored the Putney house in Malden where his law offices were situated for many years.  It was decorated and furnished with fine antiques.

DSC02237Jeter restored and sold Grey Rock Farm, a historic home in Lewisburg. He then purchased his present charming 20th century house and 350 acre working farm with fabulous county views.  He has filled his home with a life-time collection of fine paintings and prints, children’s furniture, books and toys, unusual local furniture and rare items with unique provenances.

DSC02234He has added his own wainscoting and chair rail to make the house more architecturally appealing and cut as well as applied and painted his own unique stencils.  The tiny 1850 log house near the back of the property was moved from Fairlea and serves as space for reflection and refreshment.

DSC02236

Whether it is from the views from the back deck with a tree growing up through the center or the fabulous collections within, visitors will be breathless when they leave Maple Hill.

Back down in the valley along Second Creek is Reed’s Mill.  It was built in 1791 by Archibald McDowell.  He also built a saw mill and a blacksmith shop to provide services to his large holdings.  The mill remained in the McDowell family for over 100 years until it was bought by the Reed family.  It has been in continuous operation all this time grinding corn, wheat, rye, and buckwheat for frontier settlers and today’s gourmet cooks. The mill slowly grinds whole grain kernels on stone burrs turned by water power.

Today, Reed’s Mill, owned by Larry Mustain, offers native whole grains grown on local land and processed by hand with absolutely no additives or preservatives used.

In the back of Reed’s Mill is The Everette Hogsett Broom Factory, one of two in existence in West Virginia, with equipment manufactured in Schenectady, NY before the civil war.  Consisting of six machines, they clean the seeds off the broom corn, cut it into a uniform size, wrap it to the handles, soak the hurl, and clamp and stitch the broom.  Mr. Jack Fissori is the current broom maker producing whisk brooms, children’s brooms, hearth brooms, utility brooms and full sized brooms.

Visitors will want to pick up some buckwheat flour and a hearth broom as souvenirs of these wonderful visits.