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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Item of the Week – September 6, 2013
This small flax spinning wheel, currently on display at the North House Museum, was once owned by Elizabeth Coffman Rodgers. Elizabeth was born in 1815 on Davis Stuart Road near Lewisburg, in what was at that time the Commonwealth of Virginia. Elizabeth grew up learning the crafts of spinning, dyeing and weaving from family members. She even made a living selling her distinctive bed coverings long before she married at the age of 29.
Elizabeth was quite a prolific coverlet maker at a time when only men were expected to be professional weavers. Many examples of her work are to be found around the Greenbrier area and the Greenbrier Historical Society has six in its collection.
For the past two years, I have called Lewisburg home. But all great things must come to an end. Friday August 23rd marks my final day as an AmeriCorps member with the Greenbrier Historical Society. I have been honored to work with a wonderful staff, passionate board members, and a dedicated group of volunteers. I have discovered a new love of history and developed a real passion for museums. I have greatly enjoyed working with the GHS collections, with my major project to inventory all the items on display in the museum and the boxed items housed in the collections storage room. It has taken me months, but I enjoyed every minute of identifying the objects, researching their history, and understanding their importance in the Greenbrier Valley.
Living in Lewisburg and the Greenbrier Valley for over two years has been such a privilege. I can’t think of another place as naturally beautiful or as rich with history. I look forward to returning to Lewisburg in the future and knowing that I’ve been a part of a wonderful organization that strives to preserve and promote the history of such a remarkable place.
Item of the week – August 23, 2013
Covered wagons have long held an iconic place in the real and storied past of the
American frontier, and in the late 1700s, Lewisburg was the edge of the western frontier. The main purpose of the wagon was not to transport people but to deliver raw materials from the countryside into the city and finished goods back to the frontier. The Coffman family traveled between Lewisburg and Richmond, Philadelphia, and New York City for up to five months at a time.
This wagon is currently on display in the Wagon House on the North House lawn in Lewisburg. The display was recently updated by our summer intern, Allyson Miller, and will teach visitors about this type of wagon, how it was restored, and why it’s so important to the Greenbrier Valley.
Unable to make it to Lewisburg to see the new display? No worries! The following images are included in the new display. But make sure to check out the Wagon House the next time you’re in the area!
Item of the Week – August 16, 2013
Bibles were one of the most important objects a family would own, not only because of the significance of religion, but because they held family records about births, deaths, and marriages. This box would have contained the family bible in order to protect it and served as a place to display it during special occasions.
Item of the Week – August 9, 2013
These bibles were carried by soldiers during the American Civil War. They served not only as a reminder of the family left at home. Often soldier bibles functioned like dog tags – if a soldier was wounded or killed, his family could be located and contacted. These three bibles belonged to three local confederate soldiers:
Charles T. Holliday: Confederate, 26th Battalion, Virginia Infantry, Company D
Private William H. Callison: Confederate, 27th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Company E
Lieutenant Thomas L. Feamster: Confederate, 14th Reg. Virginia Calvary, Company A
In 1903, this cornerstone was placed in the new building of the Lewisburg Female Institute by the entire graduating class, whose names appear on the stone. When the building burned in 1921, the stone was saved