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.