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.

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.