Tuesday, June 13, 2017

THE COOLEST SMALL TOWN IN AMERICA

In the southern West Virginia region, nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, lies the Greenbrier Valley and the historic and quaint city of Lewisburg, WV. voted the "Coolest Small Town in America" in 2011 by Budget Travel readers.

Greenbrier County, West Virginia
formed 1776
While in Lewisburg we stayed in our motorhome at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds where we attended a very large Tiffin Motorhome rally, and had a week to discover and get to know Lewisburg and the surrounding region, rich in the history of our country - back over 200 years.

City Hall of Lewisburg, WV
Downtown Lewisburg, WV
Not only is Lewisburg a historical city but "foodies" know this is a culinary heaven with locally grown produce, farm-raised meats and bustling farmers markets.

Lewisburg, WV  is a showcase for farm raised produce and meats.
The Stardust Cafe - A Famous and
Highly Rated Downtown Restaurant in
Lewisburg, WV
The Historic General Lewis Inn
Lewisburg, WV  - We enjoyed their weekend Brunch
The City of Lewisburg was founded in 1782, and was the site of many bloody battles with the Shawnee Indians which was the reason so many forts and structures were built to protect the early settlers.

The entire downtown area of Lewisburg is a National Historic Landmark.  The Battle of Lewisburg Memorial Plaque is buried next to the Stone Church to reflect the place where 95 unknown Confederate soldiers lost their lives in the Battle and were then buried next to the church.

The Stone Church - A Presbyterian Church since 1796
The Stone Presbyterian Church, built of native limestone,  has been holding worship services since 1796, except for a brief period during the Civil War.

The Beautiful Stone Church and adjoining Cemetery
The Stone Presbyterian Church as seen from
Carnegie Hall Across the Street
Next to the church is a beautiful old cemetery which is the final resting place for many soldiers who died in the Civil War.

The Stone Church Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery
In 1902 the Scottish American steel baron and philanthropic industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, donated $26,750 to the Lewisburg Female Institution (later Greenbrier College for Women) for a classroom building.  Local citizens gave $10,000 to complete the Hall in the Georgia Revival Style.  The building is now one of 3 remaining Carnegie Halls in the United States.

Carnegie Hall
Lewisburg, WV
 Carnegie Hall - Lewisburg, WV
The other Carnegie Halls are in New York City and Pittsburg, PA.  The Lewisburg Carnegie Hall is a state treasure of West Virginia and on summer evenings the front lawn is the site for free concerts from bluegrass to classical music.

Front Lawn of Carnegie Hall - Lewisburg, WV 
We took several afternoon road trips on rural roads through the Allegheny Mountains and look forward to sharing a few experiences with you.  North, South, East, West...it didn't matter.  We were blessed every turn of the road.

The Herns Mill Covered Bridge -
Still Operational since 1879
  
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