From the establishment of a tannery in 1796 until the sale of the Blue Grass Milling property in 1955, the hollow where Montwell Commons is located was the industrial center of Lewisburg, At various times the Withrow Tannery, the Donnally Glove Factory, several flour mills, the Lewisburg Milling and Electric Light Company, the Greenbrier Creamery, the Greenbrier Canning Company, the Bluegrass Supply Company, and the Worsham Livery Service had been located on the property. Water for those businesses was supplied by the Andrew Lewis Spring on the west side of Jefferson St. and the Beirne Spring which is located on the hillside to the east of Lafayette St., just above the PSD pumping station.
The following pages contain excerpts from deeds and newspaper clippings that give us a glimpse into those businesses. As you look around the property, you can imagine what the daily activity must have been like back in the day.
Approximately 50 deeds filed at the Greenbrier County Courthouse have been photographed and transcribed, and copies are available on request.
Special thanks are extended to the North House Archives staff of the Greenbrier County Historical Society for their assistance in researching the archives of the Greenbrier Independent newspaper, first published in 1852.