Lewisburg, county seat of Greenbrier,
was incorporated by an Act of the Virginia General Assembly in 1782. Its history begins with the first settlers
discovered here in 1751 by Andrew Lewis who had been sent by the Greenbrier
Land Company to encourage settlement west of the Alleghenies.
Col. Lewis would return again in 1754 to
fortify “The Levels” against Indian attack.
“Leave me but a banner to plant upon the
mountains of Augusta, and I will rally around me the men who will lift our
bleeding country from the dust, and set her free.” George Washington
General Andrew Lewis
Hero of the Battle of Point Pleasant – Patriot, Soldier
(The above portrait was finished in the
1930’s by James E. True, an artist of Salem, Virginia, and was accomplished
after a careful study of all available records concerning General Lewis,
interviews with direct descendants, and an examination of the famous statue of
the soldier in front of the Capitol in Richmond. On May 24, 1938, the painting was officially presented to Andrew
Lewis High School in Salem, Virginia, where General Lewis is buried.)
In 1774 General Andrew Lewis arrived at
“Fort Savannah,” later named “Camp Union,” where he gathered over 1,000 pioneer
soldiers and began the march north to defeat Chief Cornstalk at the Battle of
The significance of the Battle of Point
Pleasant has long been a subject of much debate. However, as a matter of record, in 1908, by unanimous vote, the
Sixtieth Congress of the United States declared this the official first battle
of the American Revolution.
Lewisburg was named in honor of Andrew
Lewis and the Lewis Family.
Visit The General Lewis Inn