“The reason they made this park their base camp is because behind this building is a spring,” said Jim Talbert, a local historian with the Greenbrier Historical Society.
After the nearby land was surveyed, settlers moved in.
“The Shenandoah Valley, over in Virginia, was crowded, it was full, there was no more farmland,” Talbert said. “So the settlers had to go someplace, so they went over the mountain to the Greenbrier Balley.”
But Native Americans attacked the first three attempts at West Virginia settlements and wiped all three out.