Greenbrier County WV is rich in history and natural beauty. It is set in a lush forested area amid flowing rivers and streams in the alluring Allegheny Mountains. Besides the beauty which sets it apart, it also has drawing power as a place of vast entertainment and activities for those who visit and who chose to call it home.
Arts and Entertainment
For those who enjoy cultural activities, the Valley, as it is often called, offers everything from drama and the arts to fairs and festivals. The Greenbrier Valley Theater is a performing arts theater which presents year round performances including musicals, comedies, and dramas. The Carnegie Hall offers live performances by companies and artists from around the world. Fairs and festivals often feature live entertainment as well as things like horse shows, antique shows and sporting events, not to mention food festivals.
In Lewisburg WV, visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk through the 236-acre National Register Historic District where seventy 18th and 19th century buildings have been restored or maintained. There are several unique shops and restaurants in this district to enjoy as well.
Organ Cave is a great place to tour for Civil War buffs; it served as a stagecoach stop in 1812 and later as shelter for General Lee's troops during the War. Today it is used as an RV campground and rodeo venue. Lost World Caverns offers some of the most spectacular formations found anywhere and there are some dinosaur artifacts on the premises, too. Besides RV parking and picnic areas, there is also a gift shop and tours are available.
The Great Outdoors
For outdoor enthusiasts, the parks and recreation areas of the county draw photographers from around the world to capture the natural beauty of the mountains, lakes, and streams. The Greenbrier River offers plenty of enjoyment for fishermen, canoeists and swimmers and Greenbrier State Forest is excellent for camping, hiking, and naturalists as well as hunters. The mountains also draw hikers and bikers, while the caves are an irresistible attraction to spelunkers and sightseers.
Golfers can enjoy golfing on the three championship courses of The Greenbrier Resort or other excellent courses found in the area - the Lewisburg Elks Country Club just to name a few.
Ski season runs from mid-November through mid-April. The more popular Snowshoe Mountain Resort boasts of having first-rate slopes.
Shopping and Dining
Don't forget about the shopping and dining experiences that await you in the Valley. Greenbrier County offers quaint antique shops, outlet malls, and novelty stores, and the restaurants of the county offer everything from casual to fine dining. The Resturant's are Food and Friends, General Lewis Inn, Star Dusk Cafe, Applebee's, Bob Evans, Ruby Tuesday, Jefferson Street Grill. Granny's House which is the only 24-hour restaurant in the valley, serves home-style country meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It even has its own gift shop onsite.
There are a several housing options in the area. New subdivisions are being planned with first-time homebuyers and retirees in mind. The average price for a three-bedroom home falls in the $110,000 to $165,000 range. Newer homes are priced from $160,000 to $450,000. Some of the Victorian and antebellum houses are frequently put on the market, but prices will vary depending upon the location and their condition.
Many Buy vs Rent
Students and faculty of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine who are looking for rental properties are offered assistance by the school. The students and faculty of WVSOM who are relocating to Lewisburg, however, are finding there are a limited number of rental properties available in the area. The Greenbrier County WV real estate prices are reasonable; the availability of affordable homes for sale is such that homeownership is a viable option for WVSOM students, faculty and others relocating to West Virginia.
The economic climate is changing.... and for the better. Once primarily an agricultural economy, Greenbrier Valley is developing several segments to strengthen and expand its economic future. Agriculture, timber, limestone quarries, manufacturing, utilities, as well as retail and wholesale business are still strong in the economy of Greenbrier County WV. But, tourism is being developed as an important segment of the county's economic future with the Greenbrier Resort and the state and federal park systems.
Another important segment of the economy is the health care industry as demonstrated by the dramatic growth of the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.