Andrew Lewis, born October 9, 1720, was an Irish-born American pioneer, surveyor, and military officer. In 1751 he established a camp here which attracted pioneer settlements. However, the Shawnee Indians wiped out these early settlements, killing all the men and carrying off the women and children. In 1774, Colonel Lewis was tasked with removing the Shawnee’s, which he did. The town of Lewisburg, named after him, was formally laid out in 1780.
The Lewisburg Presbyterian Church was built in 1796 of local limestone. Now known as the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, this building is the oldest church still in continuous use west of the Allegheny Mountains. The church escaped damage during the Civil War, when it was used as a hospital and for billeting troops. Following the Battle of Lewisburg, May 23, 1862, Confederate dead lay in the sanctuary. The Union commander refused to allow services, in retaliation for sniper fire that killed one of his wounded soldiers. The Confederates were unceremoniously buried in a trench along the south wall of the church. After the war, 95 soldiers were reburied in a common grave mounded in the form of a cross, on a hill just beyond the Church.
The State of West Virginia came into existence on June 20, 1863.
Went to the Old Stone Presbyterian Church were I gave my sermon to an unpacked congregation.
In 1902 Andrew Carnegie donated $26,750 dollars to the Lewisburg Female Institute to build a performance hall. Of course, they named it Carnegie Hall.
I can now say, I sang at Carnegie Hall.
On April 21, 1821, John North, Clerk of the Greenbrier District Court, purchased a 2 acre plot in Lewisburg and constructed this house. Today, this house is the Greenbrier Museum.
We traveled all over this country to view this item located in the museum:
It is the training saddle of Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller. Not the saddle Lee used, but the saddle to get the young colt use to a saddle on his back.