Lewisburg

Overview

Introduction

An amiable little town with crafts and antiques shops, Lewisburg falls mostly within a 236-acre/95-hectare National Register Historic District. A walking tour takes you past many of the sites in the district, including more than 60 buildings from the 1700s and 1800s. Our favorite is the Old Stone Presbyterian Church. We spent a good hour ambling through its cemetery. The church also displays a first-edition King James Bible that was printed in 1611.

Lewisburg was the site of several Civil War battles. After the end of the war, the bodies of 95 Confederate soldiers were exhumed from the grounds of the Old Stone Church and re-interred on a hill. Now known as the Confederate Cemetery, the mass grave—in the shape of a cross—is a striking monument to the war. Lewisburg is home to Carnegie Hall West Virginia, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, The Barrack Museum and North House Museum. The museums are small, but interesting.

Lewisburg is also home to the historic West Virginia State Fair, which occurs every August and is one of the highlights of summer. Activities include harness racing; competitions for the best farm animals, produce and food items; a carnival; and performances by top entertainers. Lewisburg is 75 mi/120 km southeast of Charleston.

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