Item of the Week – July 5, 2013



Item of the Week: The Saber & Sash of Harvey Harrison Tuttle
Tuttle was born in September 1842 in Springfield, Ohio. at the age of 19, he enlisted in the 44th Ohio and was appointed Corporal of Company F. The sash and sabre (pictured above) were worn during the Battle of Lewisburg in May 1862. Tuttle was honorably discharged in December 1862, on account of a wound he recieved at Georgetown, Kentucky. While stationed on picket duty at Georgetown, Tuttle was climbing a fence when his gun accidentally discharged, blowing the 3rd finger from his left hand. Tuttle had previously lost the 1st and 2nd finger on the same hand at the age of two. After leaving the Union army, he enrolled in Wittenburg College and became an ordained minister.

On Wednesday July 3, 2013, the Greenbrier Historical Society was pleased to welcome the descendants of Harvey Harrison Tuttle (pictured below).


Civil War Display at North House


Did you know that the Greenbrier Valley was a strategic military location during the Civil War? Or that Greenbrier County was a major supplier of Salt Peter which is used in the manufacture of gunpowder? In honor of the Sesquicentennial, the Greenbrier Historical Society created a display discussing the Civil War in Greenbrier County, featuring a sabre used at the Battle of Lewisburg, a chair from a civil war encampment, and personal items from local men who fought for the Confederate army.

We invite everyone to visit the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum, located at 301 W. Washington Street, Monday – Saturday from 10am to 4pm. For more information, contact 304.645.3398 or



Greenbrier Artist Show – “Images of the North House”


The Greenbrier Historical Society & North House Museum is pleased to host local artwork painted by the very talented Greenbrier Artists. The show, titled “Images of the North House,” is a collection of 28 paintings and sketches completed during their Plein Air Weekend, and will run from Friday June 22 to Monday July 8, 2013.

The Greenbrier Artists are a group of working artists who have been painting in Greenbrier County since 1974. With approximately 90 members, the Greenbrier Artists paint regularly at Carnegie Hall. Anyone is welcome to join.

Don’t forget to stop by the North House Monday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm to see this great show before it ends on July 8th!

ITEM OF THE WEEK – June 21, 2013



ITEM OF THE WEEK: 1869 portrait of Mattie Ould.
Mattie was chosen as Belle of the Old White Resort because of her outstanding beauty, charm and wit.  But her story has a tragic ending.  Mattie eloped with a penniless Richmond artist that her father did not approve of.  Her father disowned her and she died in childbirth shortly after.  She begged to see her father one last time, but he refused and she died without his forgiveness.  This hauntingly beautiful portrait is on display at the North House Museum

Item of the week – June 14, 2013


This week’s Item of the Week comes to us from the Collections Room.


This image of Weyers Cave in Augusta County, Virginia is a lithograph by Edward Beyer from 1858.  Beyer was a German artist who traveled through western Virginia painting many beautiful landscapes. He eventually had his paintings made into lithographs that were bound and sold as the Album of Virginia.

Many of Beyer’s lithographs can be found on display at the North House Museum.

ITEM OF THE WEEK – May 31, 2013


Trout Drawing
In collaboration with GVT’s production of the Greenbrier Ghost, this week we are highlighting this drawing by Trout Shue – the man who killed Zona Heaster, also known “The Greenbrier Ghost.” The drawing was done while Trout was in prison and some of the images are quite disturbing.


Item of the Week – The North Prayer Stool



Each week we will be featuring an artifact or document as our “Item of the Week” to be named on Friday! This prayer stool was brought to the United States from England in the early 1700s by Roger North, the brother of Lord North who was the Prime Minister of England during the American Revolution!  To see this amazing artifact and many others, visit the North House Museum Monday-Friday 10am-4pm!

“Bunkhouses Could Be Cold…”: A History of the Greenbrier Wood Hicks

The Greenbrier Historical Society opened a new exhibit on Friday May 3rd. “Bunkhouses Could Be Cold:” A History of the Greenbrier Wood Hicks discusses the rise of the lumber industry in the Greenbrier Valley and the life in the lumber camps, and includes a great collection of photographs from various timber operations. David Perkins, a member of the Historical Society, contributed stories about his family who were involved in the lumber industry. The lumber industry served as a vital part of the Greenbrier Valley for many years, and it is interesting to hear stories or see photos of the men who made it possible.

The great Appalachian timber industry boom began in the 1870s and lasted until its decline in the 1940s. It required men who could work in the woods, and none were better suited for the rough-and-tumble life of a wood hick than the native born mountaineers. “Wood hick” was a term used to describe the men who found employment with the lumber companies. They lived in temporary camps built in the mountains and would travel from one timber site to the next. With each member assigned specific tasks, the team would quickly and efficiently cut and haul away acres of timber with only hand tools and horses. The men worked hard and enjoyed playing cards, swapping stories, and playing music – some of which have become treasured parts of West Virginia folklore.

Before the railroads came to the mountains, men would haul the logs to the Greenbrier River and float them downstream during the spring floods to nearby mills. They dangerously rode in boats and “arks” along with the timber to break up any possible log jams. The largest early mill was the Saint Lawrence Boom and Manufacturing Company located in Ronceverte. It sawed 433 million board feet of white pine within a 24 year period. In 1906, the Meadow River Lumber Company in Rainelle was founded. It would become the largest manufacture of hardwood lumber in the world and was for years an innovative leader in the field.

The exhibit will on display from May 3rd to June 10th at the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg. GHS is open free of charge Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm or by appointment. For more information, contact us at 304.645.3398 or Or like us on Facebook.

Display by Lanny Howe

Homes Tour Takes to the Country

The Greenbrier Historical Society’s biennial Lemonade and Lavender Homes Tour has been expanded this year and is featuring homes in the countryside of the Greenbrier Valley as well as the Town of Ronceverte.

Storm and Montgomery Cabin 033

Being held on June 7, 8, and 9, 2013, the event will open with a gala held at the historic James Jarrett House at Fairhill.  From 5-7 p.m. guests will be able to tour the house by candlelight, observe a display and demonstration of historic carriages by Raymond and Lynn Tuckwiller, and enjoy refreshments, including wine provided by Watt’s Roost Vineyards, down by the pond and waterfall.  Advance tickets will be needed for the gala and 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.



On Saturday, June 8, the more traditional homes tour will include Spring Valley Farm—Page Dickson; The Montgomery Cabin—Herbert and Katy Montgomery; Maple Hill—James Jeter; The Cedars—Pamela Bergren and Border Crow; and the James Jarrett House at Fairhill—Margaret and David Hambrick.  The Second Creek Mill and broom factory will also be open for exploration and the purchase of local products.  Most of these properties are on working farms and located on one lane country roads so care should be taken while driving and visiting.  Tickets will be available at each location as well as the North House.

Spring Valley Farm

                Spring Valley Farm

Maple Hill

                             Maple Hill

A CD providing history of the area will be available as an addition to the tour on Saturday.  Compiled from information in the Greenbrier Historical Society Archives by Kyle Mills, Americorps worker, and narrated by volunteer Lanny Howe, the various tracts will provide a historical setting for the areas through which visitors will pass on their way to the homes.  The CD will describe two loops—the Blue Sulphur Loop and the Second Creek Loop—and is arranged to begin in the parking lot of the Greenbrier Historical Society/North House Museum.  It will be available where tickets are sold.

On Sunday afternoon, the Homes Tour will feature the Town of Ronceverte.  Tickets, available in advance or at Edgarton, where tours are available and lemonade and cookies will be served, will provide admission to the sanctuaries of 3 historic churches as well as a self-guided walking tour of the town.  Visitors will be invited into the newly restored businesses to see how historic preservation can be economically viable as well.

Margaret Hambrick, President of the Board of Directors of the Greenbrier Historical Society, said, “There are interesting, historic, and elegant homes, churches, and businesses throughout the Greenbrier Valley and we are so pleased to be able to share these.  We are grateful to the owners and volunteers who are making this homes tour possible.”

For more information, contact the Greenbrier Historical Society at 304.645.3398 or or Like us on Facebook!

Our Little Turtle Friend



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.