Greenbrier Historical Society & North House Museum

Greenbrier Historical Society & North House Museum The Greenbrier Historical Society's North House Museum is home to historic period rooms, exhibits, our library, genealogy and family histoy resources, and archive. We work to share the diverse history and culutre of the Greenbrier Valley.
The North House, as a museum, exists to commemorate and interpret life in Greenbrier County in the early 1800s. It accomplishes this purpose by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting items, which belonged to, or were associated with, Greenbrier County, as well as other period items, which are necessary to present a complete picture to the visitor. It also accomplishes this purpose by encouraging research and publications, which are appropriate to county history. Linked to this primary goal of interpreting a historical period at a particular point in time is the secondary goal of fostering interest in, knowledge of and understanding of the history, culture, arts, architecture, industry and lifestyle of Lewisburg and Greenbrier County prior to the American Civil War, especially as represented by the material culture of the community.
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For archival and research assistance, please email [email protected] or call us at 304-645-3398.

Mission: Greenbrier Historical Society is dedicated to community enrichment through the education and preservation of the history and culture of the Greenbrier area.

This photo of Lewisburg Seminary (later Greenbrier College for Women) students lounging on a hammock perfectly captures ...
06/06/2020

This photo of Lewisburg Seminary (later Greenbrier College for Women) students lounging on a hammock perfectly captures the essence of relaxation in summertime.
#OldPhotos #GreenbrierCollege

06/05/2020
Oral History

Oral histories give new context to information provided by public records, statistical data, and historical materials. They fill in the gaps in documented history, sometimes correcting or even contradicting the written record. Interviewers are able to ask questions left out of other records and to interview people whose stories have been untold or forgotten.

As part of our efforts to make our Echoes of Slavery exhibit more accessible beyond our walls, we have uploaded the collected oral histories of a few black residents of Greenbrier County. In these times of reflection and furthering education, listening to these histories can be enlightening and sometimes unsettling. Follow the link to listen to the recordings or read the transcriptions of the personal accounts.

Oral history provides a fuller, more accurate picture of the past by augmenting the information provided by public records, statistical data, photographs, maps, letters, diaries, and other historical...

A beautiful view of White Sulphur Springs. #HistoricStreetView #WhiteSulphurSprings
06/04/2020

A beautiful view of White Sulphur Springs. #HistoricStreetView #WhiteSulphurSprings

A shaving cup indeed! These were special, personal shaving mugs. Men could have their own at the barbershop. The barber ...
06/04/2020

A shaving cup indeed! These were special, personal shaving mugs. Men could have their own at the barbershop. The barber would keep a shelf of these mugs distinguished by a name or monogram on the cup. Does anyone have one of these in their family collection, and do you know what barber they went to? #WhatIsItWednesday

#WhatIsItWednesday. What is this cup used for? Why is it designed like that?
06/03/2020

#WhatIsItWednesday. What is this cup used for? Why is it designed like that?

The first slave stepped onto American soil in 1619 beginning a system of enslavement that would last for nearly 250 year...
06/01/2020
Echoes of Slavery in Greenbrier County

The first slave stepped onto American soil in 1619 beginning a system of enslavement that would last for nearly 250 years. The United States would not exist without the contributions of a group of people that were defined by the color of their skin. African Americans were the basis of an economic system on which the wealth of a nation was built. Slavery was replaced with a series of laws and social codes that prevented African Americans from enjoying basic human rights. The legacy of oppression and its effects on American society are still felt today. This resilient group of people who faced cruelty and dehumanization, also show a history of resistance and perseverance by fighting for their freedom, rights, and humanity.

This is the introduction to our exhibit Echoes of Slavery in Greenbrier County. It is so important that we realize there are still systems in place today that are echoes of slavery in America. Please take a moment to read through this exhibit that was created in partnership with members of our African American community to tell their history and experience in Greenbrier County. The first step in making change is creating understanding and awareness.

​​​​ The first slave stepped onto American soil in 1619 beginning a system of enslavement that would last for nearly 250 years. The United States would not exist without the contributions of...

Our collections object of the month is our 38-star flag (from 1877), which was used as backing for a crazy quilt and com...
06/01/2020

Our collections object of the month is our 38-star flag (from 1877), which was used as backing for a crazy quilt and completed in 1883!
#collectionsobject #objectofthemonth #crazyquilt

#PodcastRecommendation Looking for a history-themed podcast? Malcolm Gladwell's "Revisionist History" promises discussio...
05/30/2020

#PodcastRecommendation Looking for a history-themed podcast? Malcolm Gladwell's "Revisionist History" promises discussions of different approaches to historical events.

Listen wherever you listen to podcasts, and here: https://buff.ly/2MrInqr

We are still looking for donations to our COVID-19 Collection. As WV starts to reopen lets continue to document this mom...
05/29/2020
Greenbrier Historical Society asks for public's help documenting COVID-19 pandemic

We are still looking for donations to our COVID-19 Collection. As WV starts to reopen lets continue to document this moment in history through images, written accounts, art, and more! https://www.greenbrierhistorical.org/covid-19-archive-project.html

Lewisburg, W.Va. (WVVA) - The COVID-19 pandemic is not over, but already historical societies are working to document these times. Greenbrier Historical Society has reopened the North House Museum in downtown Lewisburg. With that reopening the group is also collecting COVID-19 related documents, per...

Since this school year wasn't very conducive to class visits to the museum, here's a peek of what we offer when students...
05/29/2020

Since this school year wasn't very conducive to class visits to the museum, here's a peek of what we offer when students visit! Classes are often fascinated by the lesson we offer on Civil War medicine, demonstrating with our medicine chest replica of the time. #FieldTripFeature

Band of Hope is a little log church back in the Friars Hill area near Renick as part of community called Esty. One would...
05/28/2020

Band of Hope is a little log church back in the Friars Hill area near Renick as part of community called Esty. One would have to drive over Dry Run on a little bridge to get to this log building. In 1963, Mrs. Rebecca McKeever Ball sent the Greenbrier Historical Society a letter with information on this church. At that time, she wrote, "I think I am the only person living today that was there when the church was built in 1893." #churchhighlight #wvhistory

Glamorous Agnes Herndon not only had a glamorous life and career, but also a connection to the North House! #WomanCrushW...
05/27/2020

Glamorous Agnes Herndon not only had a glamorous life and career, but also a connection to the North House! #WomanCrushWednesday

While perusing the Greenbrier Historical Society's library collection, a vintage book of recipes, submitted by women who...
05/26/2020

While perusing the Greenbrier Historical Society's library collection, a vintage book of recipes, submitted by women who attended the same church in the 1950s, resurfaced. This particular recipe piqued our interest. Sometimes referred to as a sawdust salad, these gelatin salads which included fruits and cheeses were once a big hit at potlucks. Has anyone made or had a "salad" like this one before? #HistoricRecipes #JelloSalad

#MondayMotivation #HistoricalQuote
05/25/2020

#MondayMotivation #HistoricalQuote

A sad story of two brothers buried in the Old Stone Cemetery for this Sunday. #SundayInTheCemetery
05/24/2020

A sad story of two brothers buried in the Old Stone Cemetery for this Sunday. #SundayInTheCemetery

On this day in 1862, a sudden battle startled the city of Lewisburg. #OnThisDay
05/23/2020

On this day in 1862, a sudden battle startled the city of Lewisburg. #OnThisDay

A beautiful day for our pre-bid meeting at The Blue today (the ground was only a little soggy), moving forward with our ...
05/22/2020

A beautiful day for our pre-bid meeting at The Blue today (the ground was only a little soggy), moving forward with our next phase of restoration work!

#simplygbv #westvirginia #historicsprings

Carnegie Hall has been sharing live virtual concerts and the free online classes and workshops they offer! #FollowFriday
05/22/2020

Carnegie Hall has been sharing live virtual concerts and the free online classes and workshops they offer! #FollowFriday

Our hearts are heavy with the loss of board member Dr. Tom Isaac, he was the treasurer of the Greenbrier Historical Soci...
05/21/2020
Thomas L. Isaac, DVM Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information

Our hearts are heavy with the loss of board member Dr. Tom Isaac, he was the treasurer of the Greenbrier Historical Society, the man behind many of our great events, a lover of history, and someone we could always count on. We are so grateful for the contributions Tom made to not only our organization but our community. He will be greatly missed and has definitely left his mark on our history.

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Enjoy this vintage look at the North House, long before several updates occurred! #ThrowbackThursday #NorthHouse200 #Bic...
05/21/2020

Enjoy this vintage look at the North House, long before several updates occurred! #ThrowbackThursday #NorthHouse200 #Bicentennial

Chunkey is an ancient Native American game that gets introduced to students during our Native American Heritage Days by ...
05/20/2020

Chunkey is an ancient Native American game that gets introduced to students during our Native American Heritage Days by instructor Larry Beane. Someone rolls a stone disc (circled in yellow) as other players try to throw their stick (chunkey stick) closest to where the stick stops rolling. Extra points are given if the stick thrown actually hits the rolling stone! This is an easy and fun activity to get kids outdoors and learn about other cultures too. For more instructions and history of the game: https://buff.ly/36c3XJS

Here is your #TriviaTuesday answer! One of Traveller's original names was "Greenbrier," named after the county in which ...
05/20/2020

Here is your #TriviaTuesday answer! One of Traveller's original names was "Greenbrier," named after the county in which he was born--ours! Congrats to our volunteer Peggy for answering that right away!

#TriviaTuesday Although this question might be too easy...
05/19/2020

#TriviaTuesday Although this question might be too easy...

What are we looking at? Game pieces, shoe heel, toothbrush, enameled redware. A little magnifier with ruler - tool of th...
05/18/2020

What are we looking at? Game pieces, shoe heel, toothbrush, enameled redware. A little magnifier with ruler - tool of the trade. We've been going through our archaeology boxes--these items were found several years ago during the North House dig. These and more artifacts will be on display in our North House 200 Exhibit opening later this year.
#BehindTheScenes #BTS #archaeology

As a closing to Museum Week, here's a sweet doodle drawn by a student named Zayden. He wishes he could go more to the mu...
05/17/2020

As a closing to Museum Week, here's a sweet doodle drawn by a student named Zayden. He wishes he could go more to the museum, and so do we! This day's Museum Week theme was about wishes and dreams, and I think we can all agree with Zayden that another visit to a museum is something to look forward to in the future!
#MuseumWeek #MW #dreamsMW

05/14/2020

The second half of this week would look a lot different if we didn't have to close. These would be the days we would have spent outside with local fourth graders learning about Native American culture, customs, and history. Here's a little taste of all we were doing last year!
#NativeAmericanHeritageDays #NAHD #NativeAmericanHistory #MuseumMomentsMW #MuseumWeek

This article from 1873 really demonstrates the benefits of finding joy and entertainment at home. Pretty relevant advice...
05/13/2020

This article from 1873 really demonstrates the benefits of finding joy and entertainment at home. Pretty relevant advice for today!
#togethermw #fromthearchives #throwbackthursday

Grateful to live in an area with such beautiful historical landmarks! This month's feature is Alderson Train Depot. #Tra...
05/12/2020

Grateful to live in an area with such beautiful historical landmarks! This month's feature is Alderson Train Depot. #TravelTuesday

Our May staff member to feature is Sarah! Before she leaves us for grad school, she has been an immense help with not on...
05/11/2020

Our May staff member to feature is Sarah! Before she leaves us for grad school, she has been an immense help with not only archives assistance but also research for our upcoming exhibits! Thanks, Sarah!

Happy Mother's Day! This holiday started in Grafton, West Virginia. The creator, Anna Jarvis, held a memorial for her mo...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day! This holiday started in Grafton, West Virginia. The creator, Anna Jarvis, held a memorial for her mother which led to the establishment of the official holiday. #WestVirginiaHistory #MothersDay

Toni's reading a Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe...a bit on the nose! What have you been reading and enjoying...
05/09/2020

Toni's reading a Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe...a bit on the nose! What have you been reading and enjoying in this time?

James Frazier's update works nicely to take our museum guests easily up and down the stairs. #NorthHouse200 #HistoricHom...
05/08/2020

James Frazier's update works nicely to take our museum guests easily up and down the stairs. #NorthHouse200 #HistoricHome #HistoricInn

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814 W Washington St
Lewisburg, WV
24901

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(304) 645-3398

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Founded in 1963, the Greenbrier Historical Society is dedicated to community enrichment through education and preservation of the history and culture of the Greenbrier Valley. A regional organization, we serve the West Virginia counties of Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers, and Pocahontas. Our mission is to share the diverse history and culture of the Greenbrier Valley.

The North House Museum is the headquarters of the Greenbrier Historical Society and houses our museum, archive, library, and staff offices. We are open Monday-Saturday for tours of the house and you can make appointments to visit our archive to do research. We have a large genealogy collection, photographs, maps, courthouse documents, and more!

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Any word yet on if/when you will be reopening?
Old post cards found. The Old Stone Presbyterian Church and cemetery was postmarked 1905 and the one in Ronceverte was postmarked 1906. Can anyone tell me more about these two old cards?
Two old post cards I found in my research of my mother’s family. The one of Ronceverte is postmarked 1906 and the one of the old stone Presbyterian Church was postmarked 1905. Can anyone tell me more about the cards?
When is the Native American Gathering going to be in Lewisburg?
Our Educational Ark Homeschool group had a wonderful field trip today! Thank You!!!
Greetings, I have just spoken one of your kind representatives by phone. My name is Larry Murley. My fifth great grandfather Daniel Murley had a piece of property near what is now Ronceverte. He may have received it as early as 1752, that is when he left the Shenandoah, at Brock's Gap. He lived there at least part of the time until 1781, when he died. His name is on the Militia rolls from 1742 under Captain James Gill. He is listed on the rolls at Point Pleasant in 1774. I have his will somewhere, I will try to find. Enclosed is a land plot, showing the somewhat location of his property. We could never find a land title, just all these other people having property adjoining his. My wish, is to find the closest possible location of his property. I am writng a historical fiction novel about this man and his neighbors, although it will be fiction, I am adhering to historical accuracy and geographical location, as possible. Thank you for your help. I have visited your fine facility in the past, but travel as I age is more difficult. I live in South Texas, at present. Again, Thank You.
How very very sad that the monument that marks the Muddy Creek Massacre and Fort Arbuckle is in such bad repair. Something should be done or history will be lost.
View of a part of middle and west Roncerverte, West Virginia. 6/12/07
Sulfur Spring, White Sulfur Springs, West virginia. 9/12/14
Along the Greenbrier River near ronceverte, West Virginia.
Block tower near Ronceverte, West Virginia
I (Bob Conte) noticed this announcement and thought it may be of interest