303 Lafayette Street

303 Lafayette Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901

It’s a short stroll from this charming downtown historic home to shops, restaurants, entertainment and the School of Osteopathic Medicine. Built by Lewisburg pioneer-lawyer John A. North and known as the Second North House, the home has a stone foundation, 16-inch walls and 11-foot ceilings. The layout and two kitchens offer extra income opportunities with a rental apartment or bed-and-breakfast.


  • Property Narrative

    This two-story corner home only one block from Lewisburg’s main intersection has a flagstone landing and an inviting columned front porch ideal for rockers or wicker furniture. An arched doorway with decorative glass opens into a hall entry with a brass chandelier. Attractive floors of oak and tiger maple have held up remarkably well over the home’s 182 years, maintaining its architectural integrity and attesting to the quality of the original construction. Eleven-foot ceilings create an expansive feel, and oversize double hung windows let in plenty of light.

    The first floor includes a living room, den, dining room, two kitchens, bar, full bath and half-bath. The living room, dining room and den feature gas fireplaces with ornamental mantels by Conrad Burgess (1806-1850), a skilled Greenbrier Valley craftsman whose signature woodwork, often with sunburst medallions, is seen in the region’s early fine homes. Another exceptional feature is the living room’s tiger maple flooring, which is laid in a unique diagonal pattern.

    The well-lit kitchen has a tile floor, laminate counters with a decorative tile backsplash, and an eye-catching knotty pine tongue-and-groove ceiling. There are two stainless steel racks for hanging pots, and a display rail for plates. Appliances include a Samsung side-by-side refrigerator with a freezer drawer, an Electrolux gas range with a hooded vent, and a Kitchen Aid dishwasher. The double stainless steel sink has a garbage disposal.

    Double doors open from the kitchen to the spacious dining room, which can seat a dozen or more people. The dining room includes a brass chandelier, crown molding and a chair rail.

    The second kitchen, which currently doubles as a laundry room, has a porcelain tile floor, a tile counter, a Magic Chef electric range, a Kenmore refrigerator-freezer, and a pantry closet.

    The first floor also includes a nook with a built-in wormy chestnut bar, a sink, a tile floor and storage cabinets, and a mud room leading to the back yard.

    The full bath on the first floor has a tile floor, a pedestal sink and a shower. The half bath has a tile floor and a composite marble sink.

    A main staircase and a smaller staircase lead to the second floor, where the home’s five bedrooms are located. The landing at the top of the main staircase, which has its original oak treads, has wide oak flooring and leads to a balcony over the front porch.

    The master bedroom has a gas fireplace with a wood mantel and slate hearth. Bedroom 2 has an attached full bath with a tile floor, shower-tub combo, and a pedestal sink. Bedroom 3 has an attached bath with tile flooring, a pedestal sink and a shower. Bedroom 4, a large corner room with a walk-in closet, has an attached bath with a shower-tub combo, a cultured marble vanity and a tile floor. Bedroom 5, like all the bedrooms, has a ceiling fan, but lacks a private bath.

    The side yard includes a large, 2-level bluestone patio shaded by sugar maples and dogwoods, perfect for relaxing on summer evenings or for entertaining. The fenced yard has a perennial garden with peonies, hydrangeas, hostas, boxwoods, ornamental grasses, a magnolia tree, a holly tree and weeping cherry trees. A detached tool shed provides storage space for lawn equipment.

    The flexible nature of the home’s layout readily lends itself to a variety of purposes. The current owners once rented part of the home as a 2-story apartment to medical students. They later converted to airbnb rentals. A separate front entrance and stairway make these kinds of uses possible while still preserving the owners’ privacy.

    Lewisburg, often called one of America’s best small towns, offers fine dining, charming shops, a country club, an 8-screen cinema, and a lively arts scene. Local events include the State Fair of West Virginia, two food-themed street festivals and a literary festival. The Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the state’s official professional theatre, is only a block away and has year-round performances. Well-known musical artists appear at Lewisburg’s Carnegie Hall. The town is home to the 800-student West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and a campus of New River Community and Technical College.

    The Greenbrier resort is in White Sulphur Springs, only 8 miles away. The world-famous hotel occupies 10,000 acres. Its offerings include multiple golf courses, a spa, a tennis complex and stadium, a casino, high-end boutiques, an art colony and 10 restaurants. The Greenbrier hosts an annual PGA tournament and houses the summer training facility for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.

    For outdoor enthusiasts, the Greenbrier River is a draw for fishermen and kayakers, and the 75-mile long Greenbrier River Trail, which parallels the river, is popular with hikers and cyclists. Snowshoe Ski Resort, a scenic 90-minute drive to the north, is the largest ski complex in the Mid-Atlantic States. This four-season resort also has an extensive system of mountain biking trails.

    A spacious and attractive home in a convenient location, this historic Lewisburg property combines the features of a comfortable family home with some interesting business opportunities.

  • Location


    303 Lafayette Street

    Lewisburg, WV 24901

    Greenbrier County


    Latitude: 37° 48′ 2″ N

    Longitude: 80° 26′ 43″ W

    Elevation: 2105 feet



    Lewisburg Elementary School

    Eastern Greenbrier Middle School

    Greenbrier East High School


  • Home Information

    Home Information

    2 stories

    Year Built: 1835

    Total Finished Square Feet: 3980

    Main Floor Square Feet: 1990

    Upper Floor Square Feet: 1990

    Total Rooms: 13

    Bedrooms: 5

    Full Bathrooms: 4

    Half-Bathrooms: 1

    Garage: None

    Lot Acres: .2135

    Construction: Brick

    Foundation: Stone

    Roof: Metal

    Floors: Wood, Tile

    Heat: Gas Furnace

    A/C: Central

    Kitchen Countertops: Laminate (Kitchen 1), Tile (Kitchen 2)

    Bath Countertops: Cultured Marble

    Interior Features: Crown Molding

    Fireplaces: 4, natural gas

    Items to Convey: Ceiling Fans Gas Range, Electric Range, Dishwasher, Garbage Disposal

  • Utilities


    Water: City

    Sewer: City

    Natural Gas: Yes

    Internet: Multiple Providers

    Cellular Service: Multiple Providers


  • Legal and Tax Information

    Legal and Tax Information

    Greenbrier County

    Lewisburg District

    Map: 25

    Parcel: 11

    Deed Book: 488

    Page: 558

    Taxes: $1984.65

    Tax Year: 2016

    Sold by boundary and not by the acre.

Greenbrier County



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