Lewisburg’s Shanghai Parade, held every year along Washington Street on New Year’s Day, dates back almost 100 years. With no real theme, the parade is typically open to everyone and anyone who wishes to join in on the fun. This year, Greenbrier Sporting Club member Roland Young decided to take his 1954 Cadillac Eldorado for a spin down the parade route. In 1954, the Eldorado was in its second year of production and Mr. Young’s is a prime example of classic American automobile design. With a gorgeous candy apple red finish, the car finished second in the “Antique Car Competition” at the parade. Riding along with Mr. Young was Lewisburg resident and Sporting Club member Kathryn Tuckwiller and Sporting Club Director of Real Estate Suzanne Horst, along with Young’s dog James and out-of-town guests from Michigan.
Corie Lynch, The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s winter intern, presents the third installment of her series of “Reasons I Love The Greenbrier…And So Should You.”
The first time I toured The Greenbrier’s bunker was in 1998, but I was 9 years old and Sesame Street was my favorite show. Needless to say, I didn’t exactly grasp the significance of the bunker and the depth (no pun intended) it added to The Greenbrier’s history. It was built in the 1950s as an emergency relocation center for the U.S. congress in the event of a national crisis. It was kept classified for more than 30 years, but now the vault door is open and the bunker makes a great tour. The other day I took the 90 minute tour with a lovely couple from New England and was surprised at how much I didn’t know about the bunker. For example, it cost $14 million to build, and some places are 60 feet below the ground. President Eisenhower even scheduled visits to The Greenbrier to secretly talk about the production of the bunker. And all this time I thought President Eisenhower simply enjoyed relaxing by the mountains and playing a few rounds of golf. So, if you are looking for an interesting, 3-D history lesson, the bunker tour is the place to get your fill. Why settle for reading about it when you can experience this national treasure yourself?
Corie Lynch, The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s winter intern, presents the second installment of her series of “Reasons I Love The Greenbrier…And So Should You.”
A popular question I hear among guests is: who were some famous people who have stayed at the Greenbrier? Since I have asked it myself, I consider it a good question. If you have ever had an interest in The Greenbrier’s distinguished history, there are many opportunities available to appreciate its legacy. Upon some research, I found that a total of twenty-six U.S. Presidents have visited The Greenbrier since 1815, including Ulysses S. Grant, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, as well foreign dignitaries such as the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor. I also acquired a list of celebrities who have stayed here; and possibly the coolest I’ve seen was Cass Gilbert of The Mamas and The Papas, who became my prestigious band of the month that I am obsessed with. The Greenbrier seemed to be somewhat of a mini-Hollywood type setting in the mid-20th century, with stars such as Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Bing Crosby, Liza Minnelli, and Grace Kelly roaming the halls. These, and many more significant historical figures who have visited The Greenbrier, is in itself reason enough to come and absorb the famous aura yourself. But try to save some for me.
Left: The Duke and Dutchess of Windsor; Right: Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Left: Sam Snead (left) walks the fairway with President Dwight D. Eisenhower (right); Right: President John F. Kennedy visits the hotel during a Tobacco Association meeting.