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Named after Gen. Andrew Lewis, Lewisburg was formally established in 1782. The fledging city flourished with spas and resort hotels springing up around area mineral springs. Then came the Civil War and, as a Confederate outpost, Lewisburg became a battleground. Several buildings served as hospitals and barracks by both sides and bullet scars on old structures can still be seen today. A cross-shaped mass grave on McElhenny Road marks the remains of 95 unknown Confederate soldiers killed during the Battle of Lewisburg. A preserved section of a wall in the Virginia Supreme Court Library, now the Greenbrier County Library, contains soldiers' ...

Named after Gen. Andrew Lewis, Lewisburg was formally established in 1782. The fledging city flourished with spas and resort hotels springing up around area mineral springs. Then came the Civil War and, as a Confederate outpost, Lewisburg became a battleground. Several buildings served as hospitals and barracks by both sides and bullet scars on old structures can still be seen today. A cross-shaped mass grave on McElhenny Road marks the remains of 95 unknown Confederate soldiers killed during the Battle of Lewisburg. A preserved section of a wall in the Virginia Supreme Court Library, now the Greenbrier County Library, contains soldiers' graffiti from when it was used as a Civil War hospital. In the heart of Lewisburg, a 236-acre area has been designated a National Register Historic District. Lovely antebellum homes add a touch of grace to neighborhoods. Lewisburg boasts one of only four Carnegie Halls still in continuous use in the world. Built in 1902, the hall now serves as an arts and education center. With the beautiful Allegheny Mountains as a backdrop, Lewisburg offers stately reminders of the past, along with a rich cultural community and a countryside filled with outdoor adventures.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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    Spring and autumn