The log home at 308 Jefferson Street South has a rich heritage that dates to the 1800’s. In the beginning, the home was situate on a 76 acre farm on Laurel Creek, in the wilderness of northern Greenbrier County near Beech Knob. Huge Poplar logs where hand hewn by broad axe to create the home’s exterior. Stone masons hand-cut the native stone used for the chimney and foundation.
The owner of the farm pledged the property and home to Lewisburg Motors, as collateral for a 1945 Ford flatbed truck. When the payments could not be made on the truck, the owner deeded the property to the dealership’s owner, E.A Tuckwiller, and then he “left the country”. In 1947, Tuckwiller moved the home some 45 miles, “lock, stock, and barrel”, to its present location on South Jefferson Street.
THE SURROUNDING AREA
308 South Jefferson Street is located in Lewisburg, which is the Greenbrier County seat. Lewisburg was voted the Coolest Small Town in America in 2011. Downtown Lewisburg boasts a year round live theater, Carnegie Hall, several fabulous restaurants, antique shops and boutiques. There is also a modern hospital and all attendant medical facilities along with all the big box stores. Lewisburg is also home to the WV Osteopathic Medical School (600 students) and the New River Community and Technical College. The area is a strong economic generator with a solid workforce employed in county/state government, tourism, hospitality, medical, education, retail, construction, wood products, mining and agriculture.
The Greenbrier Valley Airport, which has WV’s longest runway, is located just 15 minutes away and has daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC. The world famous Greenbrier Resort is a 10 minute drive and Snowshoe Ski Resort is a 90 minute drive. Roanoke is 2 hours, DC is 5 hours and Charlotte is 4 hours away.
The world renowned Greenbrier Resort, with 800 rooms and 1600 employees, is located less than 10 minutes away in the sleepy little town of White Sulphur Springs. The 4-Star resort has a subterranean casino and is home to the PGA tour, New Orleans Saints training camp, as well as playing host to the President of the USA and Congress.
Within a 1-2 hour’s drive are located some of the finest recreational facilities in West Virginia. Snowshoe and Winterplace Ski Resort, whitewater rafting / additional fishing on the New River and Gauley River, 2000 acre Bluestone Lake, Watoga State Park, Pipestem State Park and Resort and the 80,000 acre New River National Gorge National Park. Five other area state parks and state forests offer unlimited hiking, horseback riding, ATV riding and rock climbing opportunities. Snowshoe Ski Resort is 90 minute drive through some of the most scenic country on the East Coast. The new 10,600 acre Boy Scout High Adventure Camp and home to the US and World Jamboree is a 2 hour drive.
The Greenbrier River is 173 miles long is the last free flowing river east of the Mississippi. It is an excellent river to float or canoe and is well known for its large and small mouth bass fishing. It is the gateway to water recreation and fun as it is at most times lazy and easy to navigate. The Greenbrier River is formed by the confluence of the East Fork Greenbrier River and the West Fork Greenbrier River in the town of Durbin, West Virginia. From Durbin the Greenbrier River flows southwesterly through Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe, and Summers Counties. It flows through several communities including Cass, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson, and Hinton. The Greenbrier River joins the New River in the town of Hinton, West Virginia.
GREENBRIER RIVER TRAIL
The Greenbrier River Trail is a 77 mile long trail is operated by the West Virginia State Parks and is a former railroad grade now used for hiking, bicycling, ski-touring, horseback-riding, and wheel-chair use. The trail passes through numerous small towns and traverses 35 bridges and 2 tunnels as it winds its way along the valley. Most of the trail is adjacent to the free-flowing Greenbrier River and is surrounded by peaks of the Allegheny Mountains.