Lyda's Story featuring the Art of Greenbrier County's Lyda Reilly
by Jack Mayhew - classmate and friend of Lyda Reilly
Growing up in Greenbrier County instills one with a sense of pride that stays with you for the rest of your life. So is the life of Lyda Elizabeth Spencer Reilly, RN, an accomplished Artist. Born and raised on a farm located on Friars Hill Road, a few miles from the town of Renick, Lyda’s early days were filled with school and the attention of her grandfather Charlie Spencer who became her closest friend while he lived out his long life of ninety years with her family. In her early teen years, her family was expanded by the arrival of Linda and Brenda Spencer, her twin sisters who now reside in Lewisburg. As a young student, Lyda discovered art and was encouraged to develop her talent by her favorite teachers, Ms. Hanna and Ms. McKnight, which she did. However, her love of art took a back seat to her education. Immediately following High School she left the farm to attend nursing school.
Lyda Became a Registered Nurse (RN) and set about helping those in need. However, she never lost her love of farm life and her community which her paintings reflect. As soon as she had the opportunity she captured her family home on canvas. The painting now hangs on her bedroom wall in a location that ensures that it is the first thing she sees in the morning and the last at night.
Lyda expanded her life’s experiences with marriage and travel. The arrival of her daughter Kerry was magical and their bond has grown as they both excelled in the professions of helping others. Her daughter is now; Dr. Kerry Reilly, Ph.D.
Enjoy some of Lyda's art below:
Who We Are
At the Greenbrier Historical Society (GHS), we pride ourselves on telling an inclusive and diverse narrative of our beloved Greenbrier Valley. Founded in 1963, GHS has spent the last 57 years serving the West Virginia counties of Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers, and Pocahontas. The Greenbrier Historical Society owns and manages three regional properties; the North House, used as our headquarters and offices, the Barracks, used to house our First Settler Escape Room experience, and the Blue Sulphur Springs Pavilion which is currently undergoing structural renovations.