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 Town of Lewisburg

Lewisburg has come a long way since its beginnings as a small outpost in the mountains of colonial Virginia. This town now has become a renowned haven for artists and its many antebellum mansions give it a unique historical flair. In downtown Lewisburg, visitors soon realize they are stepping back in time to a simpler age, when dozens of little shops served individual needs and there was no hurry in shopping. The National Trust for Historical Preservation named this stretch of boutique shops and small restaurants one of twelve “Distinctive Destinations” in the U.S. Do not mistake historic to mean dry though, Lewisburg is vibrant with plenty to offer all ages.

Outdoor Activities

For the adventurous at heart there is Lost World Caverns. These caverns were once home to the prehistoric cave bear and offer wild caving adventures for those eager to explore the cave’s narrow passages away from the normal tour. Organ Cave is less than five miles from Lewisburg and visitors love to see the authentic Confederate artifacts left behind by soldiers over a century ago. With over two hundred known, yet un-explored passageways, Organ Cave is still largely uncharted territory.

Shopping

In Lewisburg’s heralded downtown district, shops devoted to the arts abound. A walk into the Tuckwiller Gallery will impress even the toughest critics with dozens of paintings and prints depicting rural life and scenery. A walk down the street and visitors arrive at Honnahlee, a toyshop designed with children in mind. Those looking to accent their homes with a distinguished piece from a bygone time will want to check out the many antique shops in town like Robert’s Antiques, In Retrospect, Estate Antiques, Peddlar’s Alley, and CPS & Company Antiques, to name just a few. Antique Cabins and Barns can even craft that perfect farm table to give your home that rustic touch. Antique’s not your style? Visit Yarid’s, a store specializing in footwear or Wolf Creek Gallery, which was named by Southern Living as one of their top 25 favorite places to go shopping in 2003.

Fine Dining

After a day of wandering through Lewisburg’s shops, visitors can rest their feet at one of many restaurants in the area. Tavern 1785 offers diners a fabulous meal inside their historic house or streetside on the veranda. For an award-winning dinner, check out Food & Friends or the General Lewis Inn, both recently featured on The Food Network.

Legendary Lodging

After a day of exploring followed by a delightful meal, you’ll be ready to rest. Greenbrier County’s is known for its storied inns that pay special attention to the finer aspects of life. The venerable General Lewis Inn is hard to miss with its lovely décor and striking façade. Once used as the center of the Confederate line around Lewisburg, this inn has seen its share of history. One of the inn’s wings was actually a home built in the 1830s. Along with its historical artifacts, the inn offers fine dining and luxurious bedrooms with much of the furniture being over a century old. For a truly indulgent experience, head to the internationally famous resort, The Greenbrier, ranked #9 in the nation by Zagat’s. Located right outside Lewisburg in White Sulphur Springs, guests at this resort enjoy acclaimed dining, golfing, horseback riding, carriage rides, tennis, swimming, an amazing spa, and world-famous décor and hospitality. If the urge to visit The Greenbrier is so strong it can’t wait, visitors can hop on a major carrier and fly to the Greenbrier Valley Airport located minutes from The Greenbrier’s gates.

With such varied and unique offerings, downtown Lewisburg is sure to keep visitors entertained merely by looking in store windows and dining in fine restaurants. While this small town is very pedestrian friendly, the mountains and beautiful farm valleys beckon visitors to take a drive into the country. You won’t want to miss the town’s surrounding neighborhoods and their many expansive, historic homes. This seemingly small town also hosts the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, which boasts a top ten ranking for its rural medicine program by U.S. News and World Report. Dining, shopping, sightseeing, and exciting activities combine to make this small town gem a must see for anyone wishing to get away from it all, but still have plenty to do and see.

For more information, click here to visit Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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