Item of the Week – David Creigh Cartoon



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 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

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


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

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.