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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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July 8, 1986

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2 The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, July 8, 1986 A wealth of historical rnatedel is interutlngly displayed in the glass cam of the North House. A vadoty of rare documents end newspapers are among the most noteworthy. North House...continuod from page 1 residence of the college. In 1975 it was bought by the state and given to Greenbrier County, which has leased it to the Greenbrier Historical Society since 1975. Open from April to October, the house serves as the historical society's museum and draws visitors from all across the United States. It is currently listed as one of the area's prime points of interest in the Tourbook of the American Automobile Society (AAA) for the Mid-Atlantic region. The guest book signed by each visitor testifies to its drawing power. One showcase exhibits a particularly unusual collection of" early medical and dental instruments. Available for viewing is a surgical knife usqd in the career of Dr. S.C. Beard for blood- letting, Beard was a noted physician and prominent pioneer of the area. Nearby is an eye surgery kit used by Dr. Alexis Martin in his practice at Blue Sulphur Springs. Martin came to Greenbrier County around 1850, after having served as doctor in Napoleon's French army. Interesting household items are in abundant supply for the visitor to the North House. Included are an early foot warmer, mole trap, apple peeler, waffle iron (used by Mrs. John McEIhenney), ice tongs, iron meat hook, popover pans and skimmers, a device used to drive bees from the hive, a cherry stoner, pewter coffee urn used by Colonel John Stuart around 1800, wooden roller skates, and a large number of other similar objects. Items related to various battles are featured, also. They include a bridle bit used on a horse which carried a member of the Fulwider family to the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, a lock from one of the doors of Fort Donally, regalia of the early Greenbrier County militia, guns from pre-Revolutiona. ry War times to the Civil War era, an origindl Confederate flag, a Confederate soldier's canteen, a Civil War saber blade, and others. Of special trivia-related interest are a key to the first grist mill on the Greenbrier River (owned by Thomas Edgar); a lamp from the first carriage in Greenbrier County; the walking stick of John Matthews, who came to the county in 1793 and was one of the first clerks of the county and trustee of ' " 'We ImClall and LIGHTI iG _ Cell toil free l-lO0-628-2828j_exlL94S ROOFING THAT WON'TGIVE INTOTHE ELEMENTS LATDESTROY ETAL. _J the Lewisburg Academy; a doorknob from the Lewisburg Academy, founded in 1808, a brick from the bath I~ouse at Blue Sulphur Springs, and a wide range of other objects. The collection accumulated and organized by the Greenbrier Historical Society throughout the past eleven years is impressive, with explanatory material provided as identification on most items in the museum. Visitors can spend as little or as much time as they like taking in the variety of history offered. The house is staffed by local volunteers. John McMillion, for instance, often helps out and recently commented, "One of the advantages of working here is meeting people from all over the United States." Indeed, much can be learned about both history and people by spending time at the North House. Local residents, in fact, are currently needed to serve as hosts and hostesses. Any individual interested may call the house at 645-3398 during the day, or 645. 6830 during the evening, for more information. History abounds at the North House. Its treasures await both the out-of-town traveler and the lifetime resident with a dazzling trip into the rich heritage of,the Greenbrier Valley. RODS Will be ~ the m crab omD wook. , cart tmtt erie 1-800.4~-2828, ea t4s e~'--Goes directly over old r~---"]f Fast, easy installation Won't rust or corrode Provides added insulation Easy to maintain Economical Lightweight, easy to Landle Regular Price $10.95 NOWONLY s9.29 s35.30 Ix'r 4' x (77" ~h~.t Ix'r materlal.~cluare colors available: black, whxte, gray. brown, green, red 200 square~iln stock rue Value Home Center Lcwisburg. WV 645-1334 Covington. VA (703)962-2166 7:30.5:30 Monday thru Thursday; 8-5 Saturday O OO0 Weikle speaks at AARP Chapter today Lewisburg Chief of Police. Richard Weikle. will be the featured speaker at today's meeting of the Greenbrier County Cha pter of the American Association of Retired Persons, the meeting will be held at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, with a carry-in lunch beginning at 11:45 a.m. Chief of Police Weikle will be presenting some innovations on safety that will be of great interest tothe senior citizens. North House seeks hosts and hostesses The public is invited to become a part of one of Lewisburg's most distinguished attractions: the North House historical museum, located at Church and West Washington Streets. Indiviuals interested in serving as host and hostesses are encouraged to call 645-3398 or 645-6830 for information. The North House museum hosts visitors from all across the United States and welcomes area residents in assisting in its operation. Lewisburg BPW to meet tonight Lewisburg BPW will meet on Tues. July 8 at 6:30 p.m. atthe Country Kitchen in Fairlea. Program for the evening will be "Work Place Responsiveness." GED given at Lindside The GED (Graduate Equivalent Diploma) test will be given on Saturday, July 19, 1986, at the Monroe County Vocational Technical Center at Lindside. Prior arrangements for taking the examination must be made with James Higginbotham at 772-5106. Please call him for details. Notice to Joseph Parker Descendants There will be a dedication of a monument at the Joseph Parker Cemetary Sunday, July 13, at 2"30 p.m. The cemetary is located near Pickaway, one mile off U.S. 219 on Hillsdale Road, at the Frank McClung Farm. The monument will have a large bronze plaque on the Theatre_continued from page 1 the CurDanBri, which was named by taking the first three letters of Lee McCall's childrens' names. Mr. and Mrs. Lee McCall manage the CurDanBri, which offers two choices of movies. Other members of the family sometimes work there, but the other three theatres have separate managers. Seneca Showcase also has two screens, while Lewis has one and Crossroads six. As one might think, it is not chea per for McCall to play the same movie at two of his theatres. Yet McCall attributes the admission price difference between his theatres to many factors, including size of the surrounding area and number of movies to choose from. He added that while the Beckley theatre, Crossroads Cinema charges the highest admission, it offers the M-Watches by Spidel Aviance Night Musk AVAILABLE IN: Softly Sensual Light Cologne Spray "All New" Night Lustre Cologne Musk Oil .:-: / ' ~ "~ " We have the only soda fountain in Greenbrier County serving real ice cream. Stop in and have the best ice cream you've ever tasted. 10 Great Flavors/ Pioneer Drug Co. Corner of Washington & Court Streets Lewisburg, West Virginia Phone 645-1022 "Pioneer Means First" Bank of White Sulphur Springs LEWISBURG OFFICE WILL BE OPEN AT THE NEW LOCATION ON ROUTE 219 JULY 14, 1986 WATCH FOR OUR Grand Opening IN AUGUST HOURS MON.- THURS. 8:30-4:30 FRIDAY 8:30-7:00 PHONE 645-3717 front giving historical information, and similar listing contributors. Mr. Charles Allen and Mr. O. guest speakers. Everyone is welcome. Public Hearing to address RonejDverte A Public Hearing will be held at the Ronceverte Tuesday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. The Commission will reading of an ordinance for residential customers with the commercial rates proportionately. The regular meeting of the Board of will follow the special hearing. Greenbrier Friendship Volunteers to meet There will be a meeting of the Greenbrier Friendship July 8, at 7 p.m. at Ronceverte Christian Church. W.S.S High School '61 Class Reunion W.S.S. High School Class of 1961 will hold 16 at Valley View Country Club. For to attend call 536-4274 or 536-3945 by July 15th. The Greenbrier County Republican Club The Greenbrier County Republican Club will hold business meeting after a covered dish picnic at Hart's on Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Library features slides of artwork The work of painter Bonnie Fuoco will be presentation offered to the public at the Greenbrier 301 Courtney Drive in Lewisburg, July 15 and 16 Wednesday). Miss Fuoco will show slides of her drawings done in New York and Massachusetts from characterized by "color, fluid line, and lyrical The duplicate programs will each begin at 7:00 p.m. Ronceverte Commissioners meet tonight ~ The Ronceverte Board of Commissioners will monthly meeting tonight at 7:30 at Greenbder County Commissioners meet The Greenbrier County Board of Commissioners will 10 a.m. at the Courthouse in Lewisburg. /I n It most discounted prices. With all of the new video rental stores in the Greenbrier Valley, one may wonder about the effect on box offices. McCall admitted, "We've come back from an initial drop in business. I'd say that all theatres suffered for about a year. But sitting in your home is nothing compared to going to a theatre, hearing an expensive sound machine, and viewing a 25-26 foot screen. I don't think movies will stop being a hangout place. After all, people need an excuse to get We InstMI and Rnanco' LIGHTNING RODS Will be in the area only mo week. out of the house, and a movie provides relatively cheap, good entertainment." Manager of Fairlea's Adventure Land Video, Donna Legg, seems to agree that going to a theatre will not go out of style. "They (cinemas and video rental stores) seem to complement each other. We need big hits at the box office to bring people into the store. Yet I think that the public's renting of movies will stop cinemas from second- running movies." Mr. McCall welcomes comments from the community from either letters or by phone. His most frequent questions are why doesn't he run more "artsy" movies and why certain movies play for weeks at a time. His answers are both legitimate for anyone running a business: "artsy" films are much more expensive and have a small following, and if a movie is still bringing in profits, why change it? WUl Call tMI JULY 25% off CARRIAGE HILL SHOP 219 E. 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