Item of the Week – July 18, 2013

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The Daily National Intelligencer
Washington: Tuesday June 26, 1838

Blue Sulphur Springs, Virginia

The Blue Sulphur Springs, twelve miles west of Lewisburg, and twenty-one from the White Sulphur, will be open on the 1st of June for the reception of visitors.

The steady and growing popularity of this watering place has induced the proprietors to increase their exertions to render it more and more worthy of the public patronage. The improvements are upon the most liberal scale, and are sufficient at present to accommodate about three hundred persons. The waters themselves (long and favorably known for their highly medicinal qualities have been recently traced to their original fountain, (over which a Grecian Temple is now being erected,) and the supply has been found to be much more full and copious with an obvious increase of strength and quality. The roads have also been greatly improved since the last season, and the mail stages from Staunton to Guyandotte will continue to run by the springs.

The fine salubrious baths attached to the springs will be kept, as usual, in a style of neatness and comfort, and no pains or expense on the part of the propriety, or their immediate superintendent, Major William Vass, shall be wanting to sustain the reputation of the Blue Sulphur, and to render it the favorite resort of a liberal and enlightened public.

Item of the Week – June 28, 2013

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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.

Item of the Week – May 24, 2013

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May 24, 2013 – This week’s item is a ledger book from the Blue Sulphur Springs Resort. The ledger is from the 1830s and includes names of prominent individuals, such as John A. North.

Update: The ledger might also be from a store near Blue Sulphur Spring rather than the resort itself. The time period fit for it to be the resort, but the transactions make more sense if it were a general store or outpost. We LOVE that our “Item of the Week” sparks discussion and allows us to learn more about the items we have!

2013 Spring Lecture Series

Archivist Jim Talbert

                Archivist Jim Talbert

The Greenbrier Historical Society will host its Spring Lecture Series starting on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Designed as a series of “How To” workshops, these lectures will be led by GHS volunteers and staff.

On Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7pm, Archivist Jim Talbert will lead a discussion about using the Greenbrier Historical Society’s Archives for Genealogical and Historical Research – focusing on what NEW resources can be found in our collection.

On Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7pm, Museum Coordinator Toni Ogden will talk about “How to Care for Your Artifacts and Antiques.” Everyone has family heirlooms or collectables that they do not know how to care for. Toni will give advice about the do’s and don’ts of caring for your textiles, furniture, glass/ceramics, etc.

Our final lecture will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013at 7pm. AmeriCorps member Kyle Mills will discuss “How to Care for Your Documents and Photographs.” With the popularity of scrapbooking, archival quality materials are easier than ever to find. Learn about the best way to store and care for your documents and photographs, see examples of what not to do, and find out what materials to use for your projects.

All of the lectures will be held at the North House, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg. There is a requested donation of $5 per lecture or $12 for all three. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot in advance by calling 304.645.3398.

Our Little Turtle Friend

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Serendipity explains it!  While representatives of the Greenbrier Historical Society were roaming the peaks and valleys of a Summers County mountain looking for saltpeter caves they found something that has everyone at the society scratching their heads.  It looks like a baby box turtle that got stuck in the mud 350 million years ago and turned to stone.  Come by the North House to take a closer look and register your opinion.