Photo Credit: Diane Lyn

Greenbrier Resort WVA: America's Resort

September 10, 2018

This beautiful resort looks like a giant White House! Rightly so, because 25 American presidents from James Monroe through George W. Bush have spent time there. Greenbrier was founded in 1778, after guests would travel to White Sulphur Springs West Virginia for the healing mineral waters. The cottages arrived in the 1830's and still stand to this day. There is a "Baltimore Row" of cottages you can stay in .

From 1861-1865, Greenbrier closed for the Civil War and the hotel was used as a hospital or military headquarters. In 1865 Greenbrier reopens and starts to prosper again as a resort with the completion of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in 1873. The railway purchases the historic resort property. You can travel by Amtrak there today if you like!

In the 1920s, The Greenbrier takes its place within high society's traveling network that stretches from Palm Beach, Florida, to Newport, Rhode Island.

There is so much history in the entire hotel, I love just walking around, taking pictures and learning. My favorites are the chandelier in the Twelve Oaks (named after Gone With The Wind) Bar. That fancy light fixture was from the movie Gone With The WInd, purchased from the late actress Debbie Reyonlds. She had a massive movie prop collection. Also, I newly discovered the original feather fan used in the movies by the legendary actress Mae West. And a portrait hangs in one of the many rooms, displaying the beauty of the amazing actress Grace Kelly. She visited there in the 1960's with her husband, Prince of Monaco. A handwritten note is displayed next to Kelly's grand portrait.

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