Neighborhood Feature: The History of White Sulphur Hill


All photos courtesy of Dr. Robert S. Conte, Greenbrier Historian. Map circa 1880-1890.
Neighborhood Feature: The History of White Sulphur Hill

In 1858, many changes were on the horizon for our nation. As West Virginia was on the brink of statehood, The Greenbrier, better known then as “The Grand Central Hotel” was changing as well. Recently purchased by a group of prominent, wealthy Virginians, the hotel affectionately known around the nation as its nickname “The Old White”, re-opened its doors to the public. Changes around the property had taken place prior to the grand re-opening, including the construction of new cottages–Virginia Row, Tansas Row, the completion of South Carolina Row, among others. However, a lesser known bit of information may be the system of paths or walkways incorporated into the wooded landscape behind Baltimore and Paradise Row.
These paths, were known as “Lover’s Walk”, in the area we know today as the White Sulphur Hill neighborhood. Over 150 years before stately homes stood in this neighborhood, the many couples that frequented the resort took leisurely strolls along this path. Veering off first from Lover’s Walk was “Hesitancy Row”, which namesake denotes this was for couples looking to not journey further into a relationship. The path ended abruptly, and as the name suggests, lead to nowhere. If couples chose to continue their trip along “Lover’s Walk” they would encounter “Lover’s Leap” (pictured), a point that overlooks Howard’s Creek and the “Meadow Land”, now part of the Howard’s Creek neighborhood. (It is important to note, that there are no records, according to Greenbrier Archives of anyone actually partaking in this leap.)

couple2As couples continued on their stroll, they came to a crucial point where the pathway forked called “Courtship Maze”: this is where they must take “Rejection Row” (a name that does not leave much to the imagination) or “Acceptance Way to Paradise”. If couples chose the latter, it led directly to Paradise Row, and seems to confirm this is indeed where couples are said to have spent their honeymoons at the famous White Sulphur Springs.

Today, the White Sulphur Hill neighborhood consists of 29 homesites, with many homes built and a handful of homes and homesites for sale. As many couples begin their legacy by strolling along “Lover’s Walk” at The Grand Central Hotel, you too can be part of the history now at The Greenbrier, America’s Resort.


Source: Conte, R. S. (1998). The History of The Greenbrier, America’s Resort (7th ed., pp. 50-54). Charleston, WV: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company.

Virginia Living: Design For The Third Act

For Ben and Nancy Harmon, the decision to build their second home at The Greenbrier Sporting Club was based on several factors- but the necessity to maintain an active lifestyle was first and foremost. Read more as to why The Harmon Family has no plans on slowing down the pace anytime soon, especially while at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. Click image below to read more!




Greenbrier Valley Quarterly: A Portrait of a Pastry Chef

The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Executive Pastry Chef Amy Mills recently discussed with Greenbrier Valley Quarterly about her journey to becoming the talented chef she is today. She recalls her time at Johnson & Wales University and working with renowned Master Chef Peter Timmins at The Greenbrier – and knew this was the place she wanted to remain to practice her rather “sweet” art.

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Meet The Smoltz Family!


Greenbrier Sporting Club Members John and Kathryn Smoltz love the best of both worlds at The Greenbrier. They love the personable staff and peaceful way of living, while at the same time enjoying an active sporting lifestyle with their home at The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

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Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Convenes in Venice, Italy for the 9th Annual International Symposium


Official Press Release
Posted by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (January 28, 2015) – The 9th Annual Luxury Real Estate International Symposium was held Tuesday, January 20th through Thursday, January 22nd in Venice, Italy at the famous Hotel Danieli. Stuart Penney, entrepreneur and founder of the new British start-up, Moneypenney Digital, was the keynote speaker at the event and spoke on the secrets to making content fly online.

The event brought together the top real estate brokers from all across the United States, Europe and Australia to discuss international real estate trends, digital marketing ideas and insight on pleasing clients in regard to marketing, negotiating and concierge service and more. Symposium attendees participated in several networking opportunities including a speed networking activity that was designed to accelerate business interactions at the event.
Attending on behalf of The Greenbrier Sporting Club, John Klemish shared a few words on his experience at the symposium: “Attending the LRE Conference in Venice, Italy was an amazing opportunity to meet and learn from the top brokers from around the world. I was honored to be asked to be a speaker during the conference and during my time on the dais I discussed not only the incredible beauty, history and amenities here at The Greenbrier but also solicited referrals. My hope is to convince Luxury Real Estate to hold a future conference here at America’s Resort knowing full well that the brokers will be impressed enough to send their friends and clients here to become part of our incredible family of property owners.”

John Brian Losh, Chairman/Publisher of Luxury Real Estate shares that, “Creating and strengthening connections with fellow high-end real estate professionals is an integral part of being successful in the industry. Our annual events provide members of the network a place to cultivate new ideas and strategies and further expand their international business.”

Symposium attendees experienced Venetian culture during a sightseeing tour to kick off the event as well as on a property tour including some of the most coveted addresses in Venice. The event concluded with a dinner at the renowned Bistrot de Venise. Following the International Symposium is the Luxury Real Estate European Ski Trip that takes place just north of Venice in Canazei, Italy from January 24th – February 1st.