| Stanley Turkel
| Mar 16 | hotel
The Greenbrier Hotel, West Virginia – The original hotel, the Grand Central Hotel, was built on this site in 1858. It was known as "The White" and later "The Old White". Beginning in 1778, people came to follow the local Native American tradition to "take the waters" to restore their health. In the 19th century, visitors drank and bathed in the sulphur water to cure everything from rheumatism to an upset stomach. In the 1830s, the resort became well known as judges, lawyers, diplomats, ministers, planters and merchants from southern states visited the Old White resort in the summer for the restorative sulphur springs.
During the Civil War, the property changed hands between the Confederate Army and the Union Army, who almost burned the resort to the...