This home tour will emphasize the history of one area of the Greenbrier Valley. There will be five stops including two historic homes; the Arbuckle Fort Preserve with the Blaker’s Mill community; the Blue Sulphur Springs pavilion; and an antique tractor and equipment show. A driving tour guide will be provided with the ticket which will include an additional seven historic “view spots” to be seen from the road.
The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, June 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the 1834 Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia Law Library and Study Building in Lewisburg. Guests will be able to explore this building as well as the Enslaved Quarters beside it. Drawings of Native Americans by Roanoke artist Chuck Carroll will be displayed and the first Chief Justice to sit in Lewisburg, Henry St. George Tucker, will make an appearance. Light food and drink included.
Home Tour Day will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Homes Among the Hills” tour begins at the visitor’s choice of locations following the map in the driving tour book. The tour will happen regardless of the weather. No refunds will be given. All the locations are “kid-friendly” and folks are encouraged to bring youngsters to learn about the history of this area by experiencing these sites. It is a learning experience for the whole family!
-The Blue Sulphur Springs Pavilion will have a dramatic presentation by Major Vass, the resort’s manager in the 1830s & 40s, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; wagon rides; docents who will talk about the resort’s history; food for purchase; and portable toilets.
-The Arbuckle Fort Preserve will have a Native American habitat; displays of Native American artifacts; tours to the fort site by the archaeologists who excavated it; artifacts from the fort site; and information about the Blaker’s Mill community.
-The two houses open for tour include the circa 1795 home of James Jarrett and the circa 1860 home of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Clay on land first owned by James Jarrett and willed to his son, William. Agriculture dominated the economy of this area from the earliest white settlement. Early tractors and other farm machinery will be displayed by the Tahoe Antique Tractor Club.
Tickets & check-in will be available at each of these sites, or at www.greenbrierhistorical.org/home-tour.html. Visitors are welcome to start at the site of their choice.
Tickets are $75 for the opening reception only.
Tickets are $100 for both the Friday night opening reception & the Saturday tour (advance purchase only).
Tickets for just the Saturday tour, which includes the driving tour book, are $30 in advance or $40 day-of for adults.
Youth tickets (18 & under) are $10 whenever purchased (no booklet included).
There are no physical tickets provided for this event. Each check-in table will have the names of those who purchased tickets and a wristband will be provided.
-Blue Sulphur Springs Pavilion, 8010 Blue Sulphur Springs Rd., Alderson, WV 24910 (37.828071, -80.6389903)
-The Jarrett House (Fairhill), 997 Hamilton Ridge Rd., Alderson, WV 24910 (37.770128, -80.642142)
-The Clay House (The Homeplace), 2062 Hamilton Ridge Rd., Alderson, WV 24910 (37.783183, -80.6436578)
-Tahoe Antique Tractor Club, Hamilton Ridge Rd., Alderson, WV 24910 (37.773323, -80.638565)
-Arbuckle’s Fort Preserve, Co Rte 66, Alderson, WV 24910