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Greenbrier County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1778
Named: For the principal river which drains the county.
County Seat: Lewisburg



Agricultural Extension Division. History of Renick Community, Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, n.d. (On-line version)
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: R4.

Cole, Joseph R. History of Greenbrier County. Lewisburg, West Virginia, 1917.
975.488 C689 closed stacks.

Comstock, Jim. Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia. Richwood, West Virginia, Jim Comstock, 1973.
975.4003 H259 1973 V.6.

Conte, Robert S. The History of the Greenbrier: America's Resort. Charleston, West Virginia, Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1989.
917.5488 C761.

Crayon, Mark. Life in the Irish Corner District During the Civil War, Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Charleston, West Virginia, John Young Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. 1926.
975.488 M138.

Dayton, Ruth (Woods). Greenbrier Pioneers and Their Homes. Charleston, West Virginia, West Virginia Publishing Company, 1942.
975.488 D276.

Deitz, J. Dennis. The Greenbrier Ghost and Other Strange Stories. South Charleston, West Virginia, Mountain Memories Books, 1990.
398.25 D325.

_____________. Mountain Memories, II, III. South Charleston, West Virginia, Jalamap Publishing, 1984.
975.4 Deitz.

____________. Mountain Memories, IV. South Charleston, West Virginia, Mountain Memories Books, 1985.
975.4 Dietz.

Dempsey, William. Papers Greenbrier and Fayette Counties, 1859-1883.
MS 79-154.

Donnelley, Clarence Shirley. David S. Creigh, the Greenbrier Martyr, A Tragedy of the Civil War. Oak Hill, West Virignia, Royal Oak Press, 1950.
B C914d Pam.

Fasick, Ralph N. A Brief History of Rupert, West Virginia. E.J. Crichton, n.d.
975.488 F248 closed stacks.

Fry, Rose W. Recollections of the Rev. John McElhenny. Richmond, Virginia, Whittet & Shepperson Printers, 1893.
B M141f.

The Greenbrier. General Robert E. Lee at White Sulphur Springs, 1867-1869. White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, The Greenbrier Resort, 1932.
B L479gr Pam.

Greenbrier County Bicentennial Committee. Greenbrier County Bicentennial , 1778- 1978. Lewisburg, West Virginia, Bicentennial Committee, 1978.
975.488 G795.

Greenbrier County Virginia High School. Announcement of the Alleghany High School at the Blue Sulphur Springs for the Session 1859-1860 Greenbrier, Virginia. Richmond, Virginia, Dispatch Steam Power Presses, 1859.
370.975 G82 Pam.

Greenbrier Historical Society Journal, volume 1- 1963-. Greenbrier Historical Society, Lewisburg, West Virginia.

Historical Booklet, Greenbrier County, 160th Anniversary, 1788-1938. Charleston, West Virginia, 1938.
975.488 H673.

Hogsett, Paul Crawford. Items of Interest Concerning Greenbrier County, West Virginia, Including Memorandum of Colonel John Stuart, Clerk of Court. n.p., 1935.
975.488 H716 Pam.

Humphreys, Blanche. History of Organ Cave Community, Greenbrier County West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1928. (On-line version)
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: H83.

Humphreys, Milton Wylie. Anthomy, the White Man's Friend. Fayetteville, West Virginia, Fayette Tribune, 1927.
970.1 H927 Pam.

Ledger, Shanklin and James Alexander. Greenbrier and Monroe Counties, 1799- 1814.
MS 79-44.

McPherson, Joel. Joel McPherson Papers, 1860.
MS 80-130.

Meadow River Festival. History of Meadow River Lumber Company and Rainelle Area. Rainelle, West Virginia, Meadow River Festival, 1970.
975.488 M482.

Olcott, William. The Greenbrier Heritage. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Arndt, Preston, Chapin, :Lamb & Keen, 1967.
975.489 O43.

Ott, Edwin. The Mountains Speak in Picture and Story, Narration: M. Thomas Clemons. Fairlea, West Virginia, Fairlea Print Shop, 1969.
917.5488 O89.

Peck, Frank U. History of Brushy Ridge Community. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1924. (On-line version)
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: P4

Rice, Otis K. A History of Greenbrier County. Lewisburg, West Virginia, Greenbrier Historical Society, 1986.
975.488 R497.

Specific Goshen. Greenbrier Ghost, 1897-1979. Charmco, West Virginia, Specific Goshen, 1979.
364.152 G798 Pam.

Stone, William Dale. Greenbrier County: Our Heritage. Charmco, West Virginia, Specific Goshen, 1977.
975.488 S881.

Warren, Rose Harlow. Memories of Christmas Holidays at "Old Castle". n.p., n.d.
394.26 W25 Pam.

Woods, C. West Virginia Was Good. Charleston, West Virginia, Mountain State Press, 1984.
975.476 Wood.

Newspaper Clippings

"10 Historical Feats in Greenbrier Area," WV News, 4-10-1958.
"20 Questions on Greenbrier County," WV Hillbilly, 5-18-1974.
"57 Pund 1735-40 Gun Coming Home to Historical Society," WV Daily News, 12-6- 1989.
"80 Years Later: Hardware Store Hardly Changes," Register Herald, 6-18-1997.
"A Corner of History," WV Daily News, 6-14-1967.
"A Petition of Pioneer Settlers of Greenbrier County, September 19, 1781," J.Clark, 11- 1990.
"A Walking Tour of Historic Lewisburg, WV," Greenbrier Garden Club, 1961.
"A History of Acme Limestone Company," WV News, 7-7-1966.
"A Copy of Act Creating Greenbrier," WV Daily News, 9-8-1967.
"Alderson Considering Rehabilitation of Old Alderson Bank ," Monroe Watchman, 2- 28-1991.
"Archaeologists Uncover Settlers Fort Built in 1774," Inter-Mountain, 10-3-1997.
"Arthur, Mountaineer 4-H Compile Clintonville History," Greenbrier Independent, 7-22- 1976.
"At Home, Bed & Breakfast," Charleston Gazette, 8-30-1989.
"Beautiful Greenbrier College," n.p. n.d.
"Belafonte's Oldest in West Virginia," Register Herald, 2-27-1995.
"Bicentennial Salute to Greenbrier County," WV Hillbilly, 3-27-1976.
"Blue Sulphur Springs Once Famed," Beckley Post-Herald, 9-29-1966.
"Blue Sulphur Was Once a Famous Spa," Beckley Post-Herald, 2-10-1969.
"Camp Alleghany Is In Its 67th Year," WV Daily News, 7-28-1989.
"Cattle, Timber Built Rainelle Area," Beckley Post Herald, 9-15-1964.
"Children Play Where Lumber Once Sawed," White Sulphur Springs, 5-30-1968.
"Clendenin Massacre Effaced Early White Settlement," WV News, 1939.
"Clendenin Massacre," Greenbrier Independent, 7-25-1963.
"Comprehensive Development Plan to be Aired Publicly," WV Daily News, 7-24- 1970.
"County Boasts Natural Wealth," Charleston Gazette, 8-23-1936.
"Crawley Fire Unearths History," Meadow River Post, 7-6-1988.
"Damaged Hotel Holds Memories for Many," Register Herald, 1-10-1991.
"Early School Board Commissioners, 1846," n.p. n.d.
"Fall of the House of Rupert," Charleston Gazette, n.d.
"Famous Greenbrier County Murder Trial Recalled," State Sentinel, 5-26-1944.
"Federal Court Will Have Terms at Lewisburg Again," Charleston Gazette, 8-19- 1936.
"Flood Claims Town Landmark, P.A. George Pharmacy," Charleston Gazette, 1-24- 1996.
"Fore Destroys Historic Alderson Flour Mill," Charleston Gazette, 2-19-1996.
"Greenbrier Valley Hardwoods Noted," Charleston Gazette, 11-22-1937.
"Greenbrier Region of State Famed as Natural Paradise," Charleston Daily Mail, 8-24- 1941.
"Greenbrier Aided in Making Nation," n.p., n.d.
"Greenbrier, Mother of Counties Celebrates 160th Anniversary," Herald-Advertiser, 5- 22-1938.
"Greenbrier County," Pocahontas Times, 1-15-1925.
"Greenbrier Valley," Pocahontas Times, 7-30-1925.
"Greenbrier Valley," Pocahontas Times, 6-4-1925.
"Greenbrier Harks Back to Beginning of County's Days," n.p., n.d.
"Greenbrier Grant Concerning Misc. Letters," Virgil Lewis, 1907.
"Greenbrier County's First Woman Mayor Looks Back," Register Herald, 9- 20.1997.
"Greenbrier County..Some History," Pocahontas Times, 1-1-1924.
"Greenbrier County Deserted Limekiln Stands Unimpaired," Beckley Post Herald, 8-3- 1982.
"Greenbrier 134 Years Ago, 1835," WV Daily News, 4-28-1969.
"Greenbrier Military School Teaches Initiative, Industry," Charleston Gazette, 8-22- 1937.
"Greenbrier College, Under New Ownership...Dating Back 1812," WV Daily News, 1- 16-1938.
"Greenbrier Military, G.M.S. Enjoys Enviable Reputation," Charleston Daily Mail, 8-22- 1937.
"Greenbrier County..Some History," Pocahontas Times, 1-17-1924.
"Greenbrier's Earliest History Is Marked By Indian Fights," Raleigh Register, 6-19- 1963.
"Hand-Made Gloves...Lewisburg's First Industry," n.p n.d.
"Happy Campers...Shaw-Mi-Del-Eca," Charleston Gazette, 7-25-1997.
"He's Building a Bow Hunters Paradise," Charleston Gazette, 10-20-1963.
"Historic Log House at Lowell Stands as Relic of Indian War," Charleston Daily Mail, 7- 3-1938.
"Historic Greenbrier County Library and Museum," WV News, 5-2-1957.
"Historic Plaque Restored Now Displayed at Library," Meadow River Post, 1-23- 1992.
"History Told In Old Record, Renick Family," Charleston Daily Mail, 8-25-1940.
"History of Renick Abound Color, Violence and Native Ingenuity," WV Daily News, 10- 20-1969.
"History of Williamsburg and Sinking Creek Valley," WV Daily News, 2-17-1969.
"House Still Oddity After 29 Years, Coal House," Charleston Daily Mail, 9-6-1990.
"Houses Cleared for I-64," White Sulphur Star, 3-11-1965.
"How Greenbrier County Was Settled," Charleston Gazette, 3-24-1957.
"How Lovely Anthony's Creek Got Its Name," Post Herald, n.d.
"I Don't See Things in Color," Charleston Gazette, 2-28-1998.
"Iron Ore Plant to Begin Operation in Greenbrier," Charleston Gazette, 9-29-1961.
"Just a Bit of History...," White Sulphur Springs Star, 11-29-1969.
"Lewisburg Academy," Antiquities Commission, Annual Report, 1973.
"Lewisburg's Greatest Fire Takes Old Buildings," WV News, 1-21-1965.
"Lions Inspire Capsule Greenbrier History," Beckley Post Herald, 7-4-1966.
"Lunatic and His Influence on State," Charleston Daily Mail, 6-4-1939.
"Main Street in Ronceverte 60 Years Ago," WV Daily News, 6-10-1969.
"Meadow Bluff District," Greenbrier Independent, 1-2-1925.
"Miles Men Marked Western Greenbrier," Beckley Post Herald, 6-25-1965.
"Names of Persons at Attack Fort Donnelly, Greenbrier Co., 1779," VA Gazette, 4-24- 1779.
"Old Schoolhouse Spot Where Lee's Horse Stood For Sale," Charleston Gazette, 6-4- 1993.
"Original Greenbrier County Boundaries, 1778," Charleston Gazette, 6-12-1938.
"Owners Demolish 75-Year-Old Alvon Hotel," Register Herald, 11-29-1995.
"Part IV: Greenbrier's Formation, Pioneers," Beckley Post Herald, 8-12-1957.
"Picture of East Rainelle Flood March 6, 1934," Greenbrier Dispatch, 7-17-1964.
"Plant Lost for 100 Years Found," Charleston Daily Mail, n.d.
"Pleasant Town of Williamsburg," WV News, 10-29-1964.
"Popular White Sulphur Springs Hotel," Charleston Daily Mail, 8-22-1937.
"Rainelle Improves With Age Still Remains A Model Town," n.p. n.d.
"Register Kept by Tavern of 1866 Displayed," Charleston Daily Mail, 11-21-1937.
"Residents Recall Heyday, King Coal Hotel, Meadow River Post, 4-27-1988.
"Residents Work Keep Memory Alive, Meadow River Lumber," Meadow River Post, 8- 10-1988.
"Rolling Through the Greenbrier," Charleston Gazette, 7-3-1991.
"Ronceverte Firemen Are Marking 100th," WV Daily News, 7-12-1989.
"Ronceverte, Too, Has An Unknown Soldier," Beckley Post Herald, 3-10-1959.
"Ronceverte's Island Park," Greenbrier Independent, 5-30-1968.
"Rupert History," Meadow River Post, 1-19-1967.
"Slab Roads Prompted Slab Town's Name," Beckley Post Herald, 1-24-1966.
"Small Town Hotel, Rainelle," Charleston Gazette, 2-7-1979.
"Spring Valley Farm's Treasure Trove," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-9-1979.
"State School Marks 126th Anniversary," Grafton News, 5-6-1938.
"Story of the Greenbrier Region," WV State Magazine, August 1950.
"Triangle City of Greenbrier, Ronceverte...Places and Its Books," Charleston Gazette, 9- 10-1922.
"When Was the Courthouse Built," WV News, 2-3-1938.
"Year of Tremendous Growth Seen for Historical Society," WV Daily News, 12-1- 1992.

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