Gorgeous 1906 Historic Home in Lewisburg, WV

It’s no surprise to find historic gems in the small town of Lewisburg, WV. The town is home to abundant amounts of history and you will see it everywhere. Take a drive down Washington Street at the heart of downtown and you will find aged and finely preserved real estate start to finish. Just on the edge of downtown in a secluded setting sits a magnificently restored home that is a perfect mix of modern and historic. The 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home sets on 2.16 acres surrounded by mature trees while still walking distance to downtown.

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Known as the Hunter House, Paul and Mary Lindquist purchased the home in 2015 and completed a full restoration and update. Features include refinished original oak hardwood floors, 3 original restored Wheatley tile fireplace surrounds. From top to bottom, this home has been restored, updated, and everything brought up to current building codes.

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Fully updated kitchen with custom cabinets and eat-at island.

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The master bath just off of the spacious master bedroom hosts the original platform tub and separate tiled shower, showcasing that modern and historic can mesh seamlessly. The master bedroom will make you feel like a King and Queen with two 2 walk-in closets that feature custom made shelving.

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Original windows have had interior storm windows installed. This allows the windows to be essentially energy efficient double glazed windows. Just another element to the home, preserving the history.
You won’t have the common worries with purchasing an older home, all the wiring and plumbing throughout the home has been updated to current code.
Take notice of the uniquely designed exterior of the home, the new roof with architectural shingles and a fresh new stucco exterior.

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4 bedroom 2 full bath 2 partial bath | 4,135 sq ft | 2.16 acres |MLS# 19-649
$795,000

For more information on this Historic Home, follow the link to the full listing to view all photos and information. 188 Wind Haven Lewisburg, WV

Contact us! www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com
304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker

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Chocolate Lovers, Right this way!

It’s the 13th annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival and the tastiest of fundraisers for the United Way of Greenbrier Valley. The day includes chocolate samplings of every kind, live music, face-painting, professional chef demonstrations, bake-offs, the 10K Chocolate Chase and more!

April 13th 11am – 4pm Come visit Lewisburg and indulge in CHOCOLATE!

CHOCOLATE. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center or the Lewisburg Chocolate Festival website. It’s advised to get your tickets in advance as they are limited by the number of tastings.

PARKING. On festival day, side-street parking is available along with public lots on either end of downtown Lewisburg. The municipal lot is on Lafayette and E Foster streets. The New River Community & Technical College lot on Court Street is also open to festival goers.

With your attendance, know that you are supporting the United Way of Greenbrier Valley.

*Above information gathered from Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Stop by our office on Washington Street to enjoy the best house you can find…made of chocolate!

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And end with this…to hand out to all of our visitors on the day of the festival! Come see us!

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 As always for any real estate needs, one call does it all. Call our team to help you with buying or selling!

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Greg Allman, Broker

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Lewisburg Continues to Grow!

Lewisburg is defying the odds
Stratton Alley Project, Five commercial spaces being added to downtown Lewisburg Photo by Jenny Harnish/Register Herald

In a recent article from The Register-Herald, Lewisburg’s Mayor John Manchester comments that ever popular town’s population continues to grow.

“Lewisburg has been fortunate in that the efforts it has made to create an attractive environment have paid off,” Manchester said. “Visitors have seen a well-designed town, concentrating on walkability, cleanliness and downtown beautification. Many of those visitors have been impressed enough to sink down roots and become business and property owners, bringing new life into our community.

To read the full article follow the link!
Lewisburg is defying the odds…


Don’t forget, this Friday March 1st is Friday’s After Five in downtown Lewisburg!
Come enjoy downtown, some great food and shopping!

Check out Lewisburg’s newest restaurant…The Humble Tomato!

As always, if you’re considering selling or buying a new home– Contact us! We’re ready to help!
304.645.2255
www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com
Greg Allman, Broker

 

 

 

WV Winter Music Festival-January 26th

Make plans to attend! You won’t be disappointed, the Annual WV Winter Music Festival adds yet another amazing event to attend in the Greenbrier Valley.

The 8th Annual WV Winter Music Festival will take over downtown Lewisburg on Saturday, January 26th. Festival goers will be entertained by seven venues, scattered throughout the downtown, brimming with personable people, energy, and mixed musical genres. You will find old-time and bluegrass, funk and reggae, thrasher metal and classic metal, blues and R&B. Any one venue is no more than a block from another, meaning you can walk everywhere. This 2019 is an expected 40 acts (TBA) across 8 venues including Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Wild Bean, The Asylum, Sweet Shoppe, the Visitor’s Center, and the Lewis Theatre.

Last year, the event raised $16,000 as an emergency fund to help area musicians caught in unexpected financial stress and educational purposes. Over the years, the festival has helped many musicians across southern West Virginia and has sent dozens of students on field trips and music camps. It has provided Greenbrier East High School’s musical band, Second Block Rock, the opportunity to experience managing a series of performance along with Liberty High School’s aspiring young musicians. It has also helped students practice in their dedicated all-ages venue at The Hub Teen Center in Lewisburg. Moreover, the event has contributed proceeds to disease research at a Duke University. The $16,000 figure represents more than 800 locals and visitors from across southern WV and Virginia who converged in downtown Lewisburg last January. Many of the visiting attendees stayed in local hotels, b&b’s, and ate in our restaurants.

This year, the Winter Music Festival will be presenting 2 free workshops: Taxes and the Working Musician with a rep from H&R Block, and Learn the Harmonica for Beginners and Intermediate Players taught by a Hohner Harmonica rep, and the President of the Huntington (WV) Harmonica Club and Marshall University professor. PLUS! They are excited to offer everyone a free viewing of The Last Waltz on Thursday, January 24th at the Lewis Theater.

Head over to HashtagWV.com to view the full 2019 WV Music Festival Schedule!

To find out more information about the festival:  www.wvmusicfestival.org

Festival Facebook Page

Article from HashtagWV <Our amazingly informative city paper!


For any and all real estate needs, contact our team! We are ready to serve you with the best knowledge and expertise in the area!

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
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WV Living Revisits Lewisburg–Charming as ever!

Chances are if you don’t live in Lewisburg, you may want to! Just driving through the town for a visit will make you wonder what’s behind those doors on Washington Street of the many shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. You’ll roll the windows down for the fresh air, you’ll enjoy the sites of historical homes and venues. Every scene is a good one here! WV Living featured Lewisburg 10 years ago in their first issue. Guess what? It was that good they wanted to come back and chronicle the changes over a decade and to no surprise- they still think that it’s the most wonderful West Virginia town…(we couldn’t agree more)! Take a look at the Fall 2018 article from Nikki Bowman of WV Living…

LEWISBURG Lives Large

Ten years ago, when I was planning the first issue of WV Living, I spoke to focus groups around the state about what they would like to see in a statewide lifestyle magazine. One of the questions I asked was, “In your mind, what’s the most perfect West Virginia town?” No matter where in the state I was, the resounding response was “Lewisburg.” So, I jumped in the car with my camera and headed to Greenbrier County to write our first town feature.

In honor of that first issue, I packed my bags and headed south again to chronicle the growth of this charming community, and why 10 years later it is still considered West Virginia’s most perfect town.

We know this building quite well! Our office building built in 1823.

It is probably safe to say that Lewisburg appeals to everyone. With the right mix of gift shops, boutiques, galleries, antique stores, eateries, and coffee shops, it is quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. But know this: Lewisburg’s growth was by choice, not chance. Its renaissance began in the late 1980s, when a group of residents came together and created a vision plan for Lewisburg’s future. Today a cross-section of the community—merchants, residents, retirees, transplants, entrepreneurs, and artists—continues to join forces to enhance their town by capitalizing on its distinctive assets.

If you are a history or architecture buff, you’ll love the well-maintained historic buildings that line the streets. Mark Twain once said, “We take stock of a city like we take stock of a man. The clothes or appearance are the externals by which we judge.” When I first drove down Washington Street 10 years ago, I was ready to pack my bags and call Lewisburg home—and I hadn’t even gotten out of the car yet. Lewisburg is a beautiful town. No matter the season, it is always dressed in finery. Thanks to groups like the town’s astute Historic Landmarks Commission and The Lewisburg Foundation, Lewisburg’s historic and architectural heritage have been maintained and enhanced and are a main reason guests return again and again—and many even decide to stay permanently.

The beautiful buildings downtown aren’t just a façade. You’ll be hard pressed to find a small town in the state that offers the wide array of shopping options that Lewisburg affords. Fashionistas visit Yarid’s for a dizzying array of designer shoes, handbags, and jewelry. Yarid’s, which began in Lewisburg in 1908, is celebrating 100 years—no small feat for a retail establishment. For women’s clothing, Wolf Creek and High Country Boutique and Gallery are still tried and true spots for high-quality clothing and accessories. But in the past 10 years, new boutiques have joined them. Studio 40 features a hand-picked selection of limited-edition, artisan-designed clothing, jewelry, and accessories, and Merle Norman Cosmetics and Boutique sells the popular Simply Southern, Spartina, and Vera Bradley lines. For unique West Virginia–themed clothing and hipster-style casual attire, don’t miss Sunflower Soul. Check out the owner’s Pretty White Trash line.

Since we did our story 10 years ago, the beloved toy store Honnahlee has unfortunately closed—but don’t fret, there’s still a great toy and children’s clothing store in town: Love Child. Also new to the scene is a charming independent bookstore, A New Chapter.

Bella The Corner Gourmet is a must-visit. From artisan cheeses, gourmet foods, local meats, and fine charcuterie to West Virginia handmade goods and unique and useful kitchenware, you won’t walk out empty handed. Another local institution is Edith’s Health and Specialty Store, which has provided Lewisburg with health foods, spices, vitamins, and body care products for more than 20 years. A special spot is Harmony Ridge Gallery. You just feel cooler hanging out here. With a diverse and thoughtfully curated collection of American-made products that range from whimsical to artistic to functional at every price range, this is a place that draws you in. You can shop, pull up a bar stool and enjoy a glass of wine, and then shop some more. And if you are looking for outdoor clothing and equipment, Serenity Now is just next door.

If you love antiquing, Brick House Antiques is a darling shop that is still going strong. And for high-quality early 18th- to-19th century furniture, Robert’s Antiques Wine & Gourmet Shop is the place to go. In front of this unique shop, you’ll find more than 600 bottles of wine, beer, and champagne, along with a large gourmet food selection. Since our visit 10 years ago, Patina, a new vintage and antique store, has opened. With a large collection of vintage and eclectic decor, repurposed antiques, and even a booth that sells Yeti products, it’s a fun place to peruse. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are tons of more shops in and around the downtown area.

If, instead of shopping, you are looking for a jumping off point for outdoor recreation, Lewisburg has you covered. You can bike or hike the Greenbrier River Trail that follows the scenic Greenbrier River, the longest free-flowing and undammed river in the East. Folks come from near and far to fish and float the area’s pristine rivers and creeks. In the summer, you can swim at the Blue Bend Recreation area. If you prefer hanging out underground, then descend 120 feet down at Lost World Caverns or visit Organ Cave, the second longest commercial cave on the East Coast. Put on your hiking shoes and take to the trails at Greenbrier State Forest or, if you’d rather sling some mud, go off-roading at The Greenbrier Off Road AdventuresThe Greenbrier also offers many other recreation activities—from golfing to sporting clays to ice skating to horseback riding.

Love art and culture? This town of 4,000 is home to three performing arts venues, including century-old Carnegie Hall—one of only four Carnegie Halls in the world that are still in continuous use as performance venues. Artists from around the world hold concerts here, and on summer evenings, you can enjoy free concerts on the lawn. Carnegie also has three galleries with rotating exhibits. The Lewis Theatre, which opened its doors in 1939, still shows films as well as hosting dance performances, concerts, and other events. Try and see a production at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, which has been producing exceptional live theater for nearly 50 years.

Lewisburg loves its artists. Galleries showcasing nationally acclaimed and local artists dot Washington Street. The Cooper Gallery, on the corner of Washington and Lafayette, is an art connoisseur’s dream and nearby Wandering Bird Gallery offers an eclectic mix of fine art and crafts. And not far off Washington Street, a historic school has been turned into Lee Street Studios, a repurposed space for studios for all types of creatives.

Make sure you visit the North House Museum, which is perched on the hillside with commanding views of downtown. Built in 1820, it contains the collections of the Greenbrier Historical Society and offers guided tours. You’ll learn about the fascinating history of the area and the infamous Greenbrier Ghost, whose “testimony” about her murder was accepted at trial.

One of the most noticeable changes in the last 10 years, in my mind, is that the culinary scene has exploded in Lewisburg. If you are a foodie, there’s a plethora of restaurants to tempt your palate. Ten years ago, Stardust Cafe was relatively new, and 10 years later, it is still receiving rave reviews. High-quality and locally sourced foods served in an intimate atmosphere draw locals and tourists alike. Food and Friends is still dishing out steaks and comfort food, and The Market, located next door, is still going strong as a salad, soup, and sandwich spot.

New to the scene is one of the finest French restaurants in the state, the French Goat. This bistro serves classic French dishes, and if you happen to be in town on a Sunday, you’ll not want to miss their brunch. Another dining destination is the Livery Tavern. Mouthwatering steaks, lamb chops, and fish dishes are served in an elegant tavern environment. For fantastic Latin cuisine, stop by Del Sol Cantina and Grille. It’s also a great spot to grab a drink with a friend. The Wild Bean offers more than just great coffee—it is a local favorite for its vegetarian menu offered at breakfast and lunch.

Lewisburg is home to some new fantastic bakeries. Blackwell’s Catering, located where the former Greenbrier Valley Baking Company once was, serves fresh pastries and quiche in the morning and sandwiches, soups, pizza, and salads for lunch. You’ll also want to pick up a cupcake or two. Another new bakery that replaced the Bakery on North Court Street is Corn + Flour Bakery. It is also open for breakfast and lunch and is the go-to spot for fresh bagels and coffee, breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and bear claws. On South Court Street is Amy’s Cakes and Cones, which serves up 16 varieties of Hershey’s Ice Cream along with artisan chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, and candies.

The Irish Pub on Washington Street is a Lewisburg institution. Weekly Celtic music performances, traditional hearty meals, a large selection of draft beer and whiskey, and a cast of characters sitting at the bar are a few of the things that make this place special. In the last couple of years, the Asylum has joined the nightlife scene. This multi-level bar and grill is outfitted with a dining area and a fully equipped sports bar, and in good weather you can enjoy live music on the rooftop bar. Open for lunch and dinner, locals swear Asylum’s fried chicken is the best in the county.

Now that you’ve shopped, eaten, shopped, and eaten some more, where do you rest your weary head? Of course, The Greenbrier is only a stone’s throw away from Lewisburg, but if you are more interested in staying downtown, the Historic General Lewis Inn has been greeting guests for 86 years. Offering 24 rooms and suites that are furnished with period antiques and a dining room that serves farm-to-table cuisine for breakfast and dinner, it has been undergoing impressive renovations since Sparrow and Aaron Huffman bought the inn four years ago. There are also chain hotels located near the interstate, but if you are looking for a bed and breakfast, Church Street B&B isa stately home built in 1904. For a touch of The Greenbrier without the expense, Maison Marcel, located less than one mile from downtown Lewisburg, is a delightful, albeit colorful option—the interiors were decorated by Carlton Varney, who as president of Dorothy Draper & Co., oversees The Greenbrier’s decor.

Since our article 10 years ago, Lewisburg has blossomed. New shops have opened, there’s a more diverse collection of restaurants, and more people are using it as a base for outdoor recreation. Lewisburg is a town you can visit for a day or stay a week and never be bored. I’ve focused on the downtown amenities, but there are equally as many restaurants, shops, and destinations on the outskirts, like Smooth Ambler SpiritsGreenbrier Valley Brewing CompanyJim’s Drive-InRetro Donuts, and Hawk Knob Appalachian Hard Cider and Mead, to name a few. So plan your getaway. But be warned, you may love it so much you join the growing ranks of those who decide to never leave.


You heard what she said, “But be warned, you may love it so much you join the growing ranks of those who decide to never leave.”

We’re OK with that! Contact us to make Lewisburg or one of the many great surrounding areas your home! We have many residential listings as well as land, farms, and commercial properties available!

Contact our team of professional and experienced REALTORS 304.645.2255

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Gregory Allman, Broker

Holiday First Fridays After Five & Girls Day Out

A busy, fun weekend in Lewisburg, WV

Don’t miss out on the fun this weekend in Lewisburg, WV. This Friday and Saturday are sure to offer a good time with friends and family, all while braving the chilly weather and enjoying all offerings of these events.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 7TH: HOLIDAY FIRST FRIDAY’S AFTER FIVE

Downtown Lewisburg celebrates a Holiday First Fridays after Five on Friday, December 8th!  Join the fun  … free horse drawn carriage rides, a Santa visit, artist receptions and tasty treats throughout town …. all free to the public.  Everyone is welcome! To start off your evening, bring the family to the downtown Lewisburg Branch of Premier Bank for a visit with Santa Claus from 3pm to 5pm.  1085 Washington Street East, 647-3216.

Then, The Shops & Restaurants of Downtown Lewisburg are excited to offer free horse drawn carriage rides from 5pm to 7pm along festive main street, filled with holiday lights & decorations.   Catch your ride in front of City Hall and enjoy!

Lee Street Studios welcomes West Virginia ceramic artist Sean O’Connell with a show titled “In It Together”, a solo show of new ceramic and mixed media sculpture.  Sean lives in Alderson and maintains a working studio at Lee Street Studios.  232 Lee Street North, 681-318-3551.

“You’re an Angel” at Harmony Ridge Gallery.  Stop by to take a pic of yourself & your friends with the Wings of an Angel!  Enjoy complimentary holiday refreshments & wine specials!  886 Washington Street West, 645-4333.

The Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with Greenbrier County Schools to present the 5th annual “Sharing the Gift of Our Talents” exhibit.  The exhibit, featuring artwork from middle and high school students.  Complimenting this year’s art show will be the display and silent auction of select historical school desks that have been transformed into functional and captivating works of art by partnering artists of Lee Street Studios.  Proceeds will go to the United Way of Greenbrier Valley’s Project Apple Seed, supporting purchases of classroom supplies and basic student needs items.  Please join us as we celebrate the talented students of Greenbrier County Schools and the community that supports art programming in our schools.  905 Washington Street West, 645-1000.

WV Fine Artisans presents Rose Dobbins, well known for her portraits in pastel.  She will be demonstrating her techniques with oil paint.  Rose will be working on a Monroe county scene featuring Sunset View Farm and their llama, “Spooky” (affectionately known as Tony).  Please stop in for a complimentary cup of mulled apple cider and chat with an artist or two!  1042 Washington Street East, 667-0320.

Wish List Party at Wolf Creek Gallery.  Prizes will be drawn throughout the evening.  Enjoy their special punch, while making your own holiday list.  967 Washington Street West, 645-5270.

Bella’s holiday tradition includes Jeff’s Breads Chocolate Cherry Bread and a sip of the new December wines added to Bella’s Shelf!  Talk about an elf on the shelf!  1017 Washington Street East, 520-4921.

The Asylum welcomes Iron Lion World starting at 9pm. Check out their new December cocktail list.  Make this your final stop on First Friday and enjoy some great tunes!  399 Randolph Street East, 681-318-3515.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH: GIRL’S DAY OUT IN LEWISBURG, WV!

Go directly to the Girl’s Day Out Facebook Page!

Great fun for the girls, grab your friends and family and hit the town! Area shops offer discounts, giveaways, prize, complimentary items, and a slew of fun! Take a look…

A New Chapter: Free handmade French rolling pin or cheese knife to first 24 customers who purchase a cookbook(s) at $30+ and refreshments.

Amy’s Cakes & Cones: $1 off 5-Truffle Gift Box

The Asylum: $1 off any holiday cocktail and a drawing for an Asylum T-Shirt & a $25 Asylum gift card

Bella The Corner Gourmet: Hot ruby cranberry mimosa tastings! Surprise gift with purchases over $75!

Bodies in Motion: Myofascial Release Class/Workshop at 10am for $15

Corn + Flour: Complimentary cookie with every purchase

The General Lewis Inn: Make Your own signature scent with purchase of an advance $25 ticket Complimentary champagne included.

Greenbrier Valley Visitor’s Center: Win a $100 Visa Gift Card and refreshments served. If you win, we encourage you to spend it #LOCAL!

Harmony Ridge Gallery: Yes! Complimentary Champagne! A girlfriend photo selfie station with loads of fun accessories! And prizes all day!

High Country Gallery & Boutique: Enter to win 3 Chan Luu Skinny scarves with purchase

Lewis Theatre: Enjoy a free small popcorn with beverage purchase at “Can You Ever Forgive Me” at 7pm

Patina: Roll the dice and win a door prize; raffle for a basket of vintage stuff; and win a prize for the ugliest Christmas sweater

Plants Etc.: Refreshments, a drawing to win a fire & light recycled glass bowl, and fortune telling! What does your future hold?!

Stardust Café: ½ Off All Alcohol Purchases

Studio 40: Enter in 2 Drawings! 1.) Win a Sterling Tree-Of-Life Necklace and 2.) Win a Leather Wrap Bracelet

Sunflower Soul: Enjoy complimentary spiced Apple Mimosa and enter in a drawing for a Sunflower Soul & Pretty White Trash give-away

Suzanne P. Hancock Interiors: Try Color Street nail polish samples

WV Fine Artisans: Drawing for a Tote full of Brookstone Soap products and a hand-crafted Fabric Folio. Wine and artisanal cookies.

Wandering Bird Gallery: Complimentary glass of wine and register to win one of 3 mystery art grab bags

Wolf Creek Gallery: Enjoy famous sparkling punch and delicious treats. The first 20 customers will receive a gift with their purchase!

Yarid’s: Pull a candy cane to receive a 10% or 15% discount


Information from Hashtag WV and Harmony Ridge Gallery

Greenbrier Real Estate Service has a full team of professional REALTORS ready to serve you, if you’re ready to make this place your home- contact us!

304.645.2255
Gregory Allman, Broker
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July in the Greenbrier Valley!

The Greenbrier Valley is place to be in the coming days! It’s sweet summertime and this area is buzzing with excitement for upcoming events!

Flowers on the main street of Alderson, White Sulphur Springs, Union, Lewisburg, Rainelle are blooming bright and so is the Greenbrier Valley!

Mark your calendars and come check out all that is offered!


Alderson’s 4th of July Celebration

June 29 – July 5

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Every year, the Town of Alderson turns red, white and blue and hosts what has become known as West Virginia’s BEST Fourth of July Celebration. This 6-day event features everything from a Fireman’s Rodeo, to an All-American Baking Contest to the Ducks on the River Rubber Duck Race. And, of course, a Grand Parade and Grand Fireworks Display!

Alderson’s 4th of July Website
Find more information on their Facebook page! @alderson4th


A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

July 2 – July 8

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The most anticipated stop on the PGA TOUR, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, formerly The Greenbrier Classic, covers seven days of tournament play on the world-class Old White TPC.  First played by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, expect to see all sorts of new drama unfold as 156 of the game’s best players confront this demanding course.

Tournament coverage isn’t the only event that keeps golf fans coming back. The week is chock full of activities for the whole family including Wednesday’s Pro-Am, Youth Day, Kid’s Zone, Patron’s Park and the Ford Vehicle Giveaway.

Ground badges start at $49 per person.

A Military Tribute Website
More information on their Facebook page @AMilitaryTribute


What an exciting place to be in the summer…fall, winter, spring…make this place your home!

Contact us today for any real estate needs!
304.645.2255

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Greg Allman, Broker

Info gathered from http://www.greenbrierwv.com 

 

Greenbrier Valley Greatness

A wonderful article about the nicest place in America (in our opinion) The Greenbrier Valley!

We absolutely loved this article featured on Reader’s Digest website! They posted the question “Do You Live in the Nicest Place in America?” And this article sure shows that yes we just might! –Article credit to Valerie Pritt

Coming upon the two-year anniversary of a devastating flood to our area, what better time to focus and reflect on just how great our community is. This truly is a wonderful article showcasing many wonderful events in our area but mostly it shows just how caring and compassionate the people of the Greenbrier Valley are.

We enjoyed this article and hope that you will too!
You can also go to Reader’s Digest website to comment on the article and let them know just how nice the Greenbrier Valley is!

Greenbrier Valley, WV

“OUT OF TRAGEDY COMES HOPE”

Mark Bowe, Greenbrier Valley resident and star of the DIY show Barnwood Builders. (Credit: Valerie Pritt) 

People describe the Greenbrier Valley as nice. They complement the beauty of the mountains, the genuinely friendly people, and the quaintness of its towns. Walk down any street, and it’s likely that someone will smile and say hello.

With a population less than 40,000, the Greenbrier Valley has a strong sense of community. Most of the families that live here descend from a long line of Appalachian resiliency and compassion. When residents are faced with hardship, community rallies. The Greenbrier Valley thrives on neighbors helping neighbors. Through floods, fires, and the current opioid crisis, residents are there to step forward and ask, “How can I help you?” Together they have rebuilt neighborhoods, organized benefits, and created programs to help friends in need. Every community experiences hardships, but it’s how a community works together that reveals its true character and genuine hospitality.

Lewisburg mayor turned Willy Wonka parades the street in search of a special child to run his chocolate factory during a United Way of Greenbrier Valley fundraiser. (Credit: Valerie Pritt)

Stories About Greenbrier Valley

A Fresh Start and New Beginning

In 2016, a 1,000 year flood swept through the Greenbrier Valley, devastating the towns of Rainelle and White Sulphur Springs. In the wake of tragedy, 4,600 volunteers stepped in, totaling 62,000 hours to help rebuild the areas impacted. We’ve yet to reach full recovery, but communities finally feel a sense of hope for their future. As the water receded from Greenbrier County, it revealed the harsh realities of the disaster underneath. While most were still reeling from its aftermath, Tom Crabtree and Rob Vass were formulating a recovery plan to rebuild the community of White Sulphur Springs.

Tom is the owner of 50 East, a restaurant and gathering spot in town. Although his home was not directly impacted, the destruction was personal, as employees’ homes and his Main Street business incurred significant damage. Rob is an architect and contractor in the area and lives in White Sulphur Springs with his wife and young son. The two men wanted to give hope to this close-knit community that is now displaced. It was realized in the form of Hope Village. With land gifted by the city of White Sulphur Springs and an operational childhood-home-turned-office-space hub donated by Frank Alderman, founder of MedExpress Urgent Care, the project took less than two years from concept to completion. Today Hope Village is filled with energy and activity, giving 42 families a new start as they discover the meaning of home once again. Although the impetus for the project falls squarely on Tom and Rob, the vision would not have been realized without the support and contributions made by countless community members and other organizations. Special thanks go to Frank Alderman, Maggie Hutchison, Storm Aid, Mennonite Disaster Service, Brad Paisley, pharmaceuticals company Mylan, United Way of Greenbrier Valley, and Appalachia Service Project.

A Fire Sparks a Festival

Musicians are bound by the beat; it’s what drives a song forward. Just as they are bound to the beat, they become bound to each other, creating a community. So when one of their own needs help, they unite around them.

When an electrical fire engulfed Tim and Tammy Pynes’ home in December 2012, the family was left with few possessions. Days before Christmas, the Pynes were homeless. Close friends took action, helping them find housing, clothing, and other day-to-day household items that were lost to the flames.

Tim is a drummer for the West Virginia Jazz Orchestra and has been a part of Greenbrier Valley’s music scene since he graduated high school. Fellow musicians suggested a benefit concert to fundraise for the family. As multiple local bands offered to perform, the concert-turned-festival was taking shape. John Foster and Jim Snyder spearheaded the benefit, orchestrating 25 bands and five venues for the first TNT Winter Music Festival, a nod to Tim and Tammy. On a cold snowy evening in February, Lewisburg was beating to the spirit of its community.

John and Jim have kept the festival going, changing to West Virginia Winter Music Festival. The event has expanded to two nights, seven venues, and more than 50 performing acts. Despite all the changes, the event stays grounded in its missionof providing financial help to musicians in crisis.

Fruits of Labor, Fruits of Hope

While the Greenbrier Valley is full of nice residents, it has not gone untouched by the opioid crisis. The effects have brought a darkness to the community. While some neighbors are struggling, one woman is trying to help people get back on their feet.

It all began in 2009 with a visit to the women’s prison not far from Tammy Jordan’s home in Greenbrier County. As she sat in the waiting room, she watched the women pass by and noticed their despondence. She could see it on their faces and in their quiet posture. With each return visit, the feeling got stronger: what could she do to help these women re-enter society with a renewed sense of hope?

Tammy runs her own local restaurant. It’s not just a dining experience, but encompasses all phases from soil to service. It took three and a half years from her observations at the prison to transform her cafe and farm into an educational training center with a certified culinary curriculum.

From the outside, Fruits of Labor Cafe & Bakery is a quaint downtown diner in the heart of Rainelle. Behind the scenes, Tammy gives women going through the county’s drug court system new purpose and a career path, which become vital components of long-term recovery.

For Tammy and her staff at Fruits of Labor, it’s about supporting and nurturing their students as they learn life skills to recover from addiction. She offers the program free of charge, with 80% of the cost absorbed by her cafe. It’s now in its sixth year and has realized a 75% graduation rate, with 90% of the women completing their drug court requirements.

With Tammy’s faith firmly rooted at the center of her life and business, she has expanded the training center to include an at-risk youth and young adult prevention program. She and her team have found one way to abate addiction while opening new doors for the next generation.

A Whacky Start to the New Year

Throughout the year, many parades come marching down the center of the Greenbrier Valley towns, though none more unique than the first of the year.

The Shanghai Parade in 1926. A long-standing tradition with an unknown origin, the annual New Year’s parade regularly attracts the quirky and unusual. (Credit: Valerie Pritt)

Downtown Lewisburg’s year starts with the Shanghai Parade. With no rules or guidelines for participation, the only requirement is to show up! The lack of limitations and day-of signup process make the parade a unique curiosity, like llamas in pajamas, a pack of dog lovers and their canine friends, and a life-sized Rock’em Sock’em Robots float have been known to march in the bitter cold on the first day of January. While the participants can be whacky wild cards, a few traditions hold constant.

Everyone who marches receives a crisp $2 bill. The judges award prizes to specific categories, but the judging can be skewed with participant bribes. Leading the parade is Baby New Year in an oversized diaper. For years this role went to the local fire chief with the police chief playing the nursemaid. After their retirement, the oversized diaper has been passed on to other pillars in the community. In recent years, Lewisburg’s very own mayor donned the diaper. Closing the parade are the Super Duper Pooper Scoopers who, as indicated by their title, serve as cleanup crew. The origins of the parade are a mystery, as are most of its traditions, but the unknown is half the fun.

The procession is always led by Baby New Year and his nursemaid, roles originally played by the local fire and police chiefs. (Credit: Valerie Pritt)

From the Outside Looking In

It’s easy to brag about your hometown, but someone else’s perspective can truly make you proud of where you live.

In 2014, the Greenbrier Resort opened its doors to new guests: NFL teams. The Sports Performance Center originally brought the New Orleans Saints to train in White Sulphur Springs. When the Saints training returned to Louisiana, the Houston Texans were quick to step in. Looking for relief from the heat, a sports facility in the cool, mountain air of West Virginia was sure to be the right fit.

Sports writers journeyed 1,200 miles from Texas to cover the day-to-day training, but they were covering more than just football. Their stories were being peppered with the hospitality of the Greenbrier Valley. They found themselves captivated by the natural beauty of the region and how genuinely friendly the residents were. Chris Baldwin for Paper City noted, “Visitors are treated like royalty.”

John McClain for the Houston Chronicle quickly fell in love with the area. In his first article recapping the Texans training camp, he ended with an unexpected call to action — visit the Greenbrier Valley. McClain wrote, “If you’re thinking about coming to the Texans’ training camp or just looking for a cool place visit, I’d highly recommend this charming part of West Virginia. It’s beautiful, the food is great, and the people are friendly.”

As always, for any Real Estate needs, buying or selling, please contact us.

We would love to offer our expertise and knowledge of the area to you during your home buying or selling process.

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
304.645.2255

Greg Allman, Broker

8 New Listings in 6 Days!!

Our agents have been busy the past week!  In the last 6 days, we have had 8 new listings go live, we have at least more 2 we are working on to go live this week, and we had 4 sales!! Some say this is the time of year in the real estate market that activity starts to slow because: families like to be moved and settled before school starts or the seasons are starting to change from Summer to Fall.  Well that is not been the case here are Greenbrier Real Estate!  We are as busy as ever and our agents are out there working hard with sellers to get homes sold and with buyers to find their dream home.  If you are looking to sell your home or land or are looking to buy your dream home or place to build it, look no further that the Realtors here are Greenbrier Real Estate Service!

These are our new listings from the last 6 days:

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Click here to get the details on all our listings, including these new ones!

Safety Tips for Vacant Home While Vacationing

b882bcbf0960c7ca9942d9e815bec54dVacation season is upon us!  Kids are nearing their last days of school, the weather is getting warmer and we just can’t wait to get our toes in the sand or go to our favorite theme park.

While packing your bags and making sure you have everything ready is very important, what are you doing to make sure your home is safe while you are away?

We have done some research and have made a small list of things to do (or not do) while on vacation to make sure your home will be protected.

  • Ask a friend or neighbor to come over and periodically check on the house.
  • If possible, hire a “House Sitter”.
  • Keep the curtains open!  May sound strange, but it gives the persona of someone being home.
  • Have a friend or neighbor turn a light on at night or set a timer.
  • Call the post office to stop the mail from being delivered or have someone pick it up.
  • (This one can be hard) Do not post on Social Media that you are on vacation.   Post the pictures the week after you come home from vacation with a heartfelt Thank You to whomever watched the house while you were away.
  • Make sure to Unplug your Televisions and Computers while you are away, just in case of a storm.

Wherever you go and whatever you do this Summer, we wish you a safe and wonderful time with family and friends!