The History of The Greenbrier
The Greenbrier has a long and fascinating history that spans over two centuries. It all started in 1778, when a group of settlers discovered a natural spring that had healing properties. They named it White Sulphur Spring, and soon people from all over the country welcomedin its waters and seek relief from various ailments. In 1858, a grand hotel was built on the site of the spring, and it was named The Greenbrier after the green briers that grew in the area. The hotel became a popular destination for wealthy and influential people, including several presidents, celebrities, and royalty.
The Greenbrier also played an important role in American history during times of war and peace. During the Civil War, it was used as a hospital for both sides of the conflict. During World War II, it was used as an army hospital and later as a relocation center for German, Japanese, and Italian diplomats. During the Cold War, it was the secret site of a massive bunker that was designed to house the members of Congress in case of a nuclear attack. The bunker was never used for its intended purpose, but it remained operational until 1992, when it was exposed by a journalist. Today, the bunker is open for tours and is one of the most intriguing attractions at The Greenbrier.