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DISCOVER new stories and find family connections in our Archives and Library, the premiere collection of Greenbrier Valley history in the region.  Located in the North House, the archives and library are home to our genealogical records, former courthouse documents, and marriage bonds, as well as information on a wide variety of topics. Whether you are interested in researching a particular person or would like to browse through some local Greenbrier Valley history, a volunteer researcher would be more than happy to help you. The GHS Archives and Library is open to the public free of charge. As a volunteer-run component of the Greenbrier Historical Society, the Archives and Library appreciates donations for research assistance.

Inquiries can be made over the phone or via email, but we do encourage researchers to visit our facility when possible. If you are planning a research trip, feel free to call ahead of time with your topic or the types of records you are interested in seeing. This allows an archivist to search for what is available before you arrive if time permits.

Free research assistance is available Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm or by appointment. For more information, contact us at 304.645.3398 or archives@greenbrierhistorical.org.

Copies & Fees

Copies of archival materials can be made for a cost of 15 cents per copy. If an archivist is mailing copies to you, he or she may ask you to contribute the cost of postage in addition to the copy fees.

Marriage Bonds have a special fee for copies because of the labor and material intensive process of preserving them and making them accessible to the public. Marriage Bonds are $5.00 per bond and are printed in color on heavy cardstock

Policy on Photographs and Scans

The Greenbrier Historical Society understands that many researchers prefer digital files and images. We allow researchers to photograph documents without flash and are willing to provide a limited number of high-resolution scans to each researcher. We do request that all digital and copied records be used for personal research only and not be reproduced in any commercial or scholarly publication without permission of the Greenbrier Historical Society.

History of the Greenbrier Valley

Greenbrier County was created by an Act of the Virginia General Assembly which was passed in October 1777 and became effective on March 1, 1778.  It is the fifth oldest county in West Virginia. Prior to its creation, Greenbrier was part of the following Virginia counties: Botetourt (1770-1778), Augusta (1738-1770), Orange (1734-1738), and Spotsylvania (1721-1734).  Spotsylvania was created from Essex, King & Queen, and King William Counties in Virginia. 

Permanent European settlers began to move into the area that was to become Greenbrier County in 1769-1770.  Earlier European settlements - including Boughman’s Fort in 1753, Muddy Creek in 1763, and Clendenen in 1763 - were destroyed by Native American warriors protecting their hunting grounds.

In 1769-1770, European settlers came to the area by the hundreds to claim Greenbrier land for their homes.  They built cabins, planted crops, created commercial centers, and harvested the wild game. Native Americans raided the settler’s homes, stole their domestic animals, killed or captured the settlers, destroyed their crops and did what they could to discourage settlement on what had been their hunting ground.