Get ready for the 19th annual Derby Day Celebration in Lewisburg, WV! Gateway Industries, of Ronceverte, created and sponsors the “Derby Day Run for the Roses” fund raiser each year. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May the 4th, from 3:30 until 7:30 PM at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds. Each year an average of 500 participants attend the event that models Derby Day as if everyone were actually in Louisville, Kentucky. Besides having fun and giving ladies a good reason to wear decorated hats, the event is designed to help raise money for a very worthwhile organization in Gateway Industries.
Many local businesses, as well as the event attendees, support Gateway’s efforts to provide employment, training and services to individuals with disabilities. Gateway offers assembly, packaging, warehousing and distribution to meet custom sub-contracting needs. To learn more about this worthwhile organization go www.WVyourWay.com and click on the “Business” heading. Scroll down and click on the sub-heading “Business Services” and then check the boxes next to the keywords “Assembly, Distribution, or Warehousing.” You may also scroll down further to the sub-heading “Industry” and either check that box, or click on the word and check the keyword “Industrial Services.”
At Derby Day you will find great food, fun music, a spectacular silent auction and a chance to win some great prizes. You’ll enjoy watching the Kentucky Derby on large screen televisions with a lot of fine folks. Keep in mind that you’ll have a great time and as well a memorable experience. Last but not least, you’ll be helping a very good organization – “Gateway Industries.”
By Sherry McCormick-Hawkins
I am the proud Mother of a spoiled Chihuahua that I rescued from a Virginia animal shelter in late 2010. “Little Bit” is the first dog I ever owned – or does he own me? Either way, I’m so glad that I took that first step and finally adopted a dog. He has given me a lot of love and laughs over the past 2 years. I also have a lovebird named “Squeak” that I received as a birthday present in 1999. His beautiful feathers and intelligence never fail to amaze me.
We here at WVyourWay love animals and want to see them go to good homes. On our Pinterest page we post pictures of adoptable animals in West Virginia. It is our hope that more and more cats and dogs will find forever families. If you live in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia consider contacting the Greenbrier Humane Society [Businesses – Animal Care > Humane Society]. They have a wide variety of cats, dogs, puppies and kittens. They also have several adopt-a-thons throughout the year where people find wonderful pets. If you know of other animal shelters in the state, ask them to register with us so people can find them too.
If you decide to adopt a pet they will need additional care. “Seneca Trail Animal Hospital” [Businesses – Animal Care > Animal Hospital > Boarding > Veterinarians] in Lewisburg has a friendly staff and they can help your companion animal with their medical, dental and surgical needs. They even offer boarding services as well as emergency care. If you are visiting in our beautiful area and need care for your pet they will do their best to fit you into their schedule.
Are you looking for a more exotic pet such as a bird, ferret, fish, snake or something else? “Susan’s World of Pets and Grooming” [Businesses – Animal Care > Pet Stores] has a large selection of wonderful animals, birds and reptiles. They are conveniently located in Fairlea. In addition to all of the pets they also carry a large supply of pet products and they offer expert pet grooming to make your dog look his best!
Check out these businesses on www.WVyourWay.com. Following the name of each business above in bold you see the Heading – Sub-heading > Keyword. Click on the heading “Businesses”, then scroll down to the sub-heading “Animal Care.” Click on the sub-heading “Animal Care” and the keywords will then drop down. Click on whichever keyword you’re interested in, then choose your region and hit the “Search” button below the map.
Look on the map and see if you can find the town of Edgarton, West Virginia. Surely there must be one, since there’s an Edgarton Inn Bed & Breakfast. I Googled the town, and found out that there’s a town in Mingo County named Delorme that is also known as Edgarton, but there are no B&B’s there. So where in the world is the Edgarton Inn Bed & Breakfast?
As you might have guessed, the name was changed sometime back. You see, the Greenbrier River flows through this town and it’s in Greenbrier County. I guess they could have called the town Greenbrier, but then that wouldn’t have been very original. I’ve heard a few different stories about the original name for the town from Edgar’s Ford to St. Lawrence Ford. One story has it that Edgar’s Ford was named after Thomas Edgar who built his house near the banks of the Greenbrier and then sold off lots that started the community. When it came time to incorporate the town, it was time to give it a more colorful name. So some say that was when Mrs. Edgar put a twist of French to the name Greenbrier and came up with Ronceverte, which in French means bramble green, or green brier.
Greenbrier County and Lewisburg, the county seat, is one of the more popular tourist destinations in West Virginia, and only five miles south of Lewisburg on US 219 is the town of Ronceverte. In honor of the founder of Ronceverte, Kathy King, the owner of the Edgarton Inn Bed & Breakfast, named the Inn located in his original house built-in 1810, after Thomas Edgarton.
The house is beautiful and chucked full of history and scenes from days gone by in Greenbrier County. It is spacious with a common dining area and sitting room downstairs that is a great place to just sit and relax. Upstairs there are four bedrooms each with its own bathroom.
The Blue Ridge Suite is part of the original 1810 house that was built with timbers; then brown sand from the Greenbrier River and horse hair were mixed into plaster which is still in place under the old wallpaper coverings. The wooden floors are original and to stand on them is to go back 200 years in history.
The Greenbrier Room is also located in a section of the original house built-in 1810. The Bay windows were added when Col. Best remodeled the house after the Civil War. If you notice, the house faces the river, as most houses built-in the early 1800’s did.
The Renaissance Suite contains the Victorian tower, which features the Queen Anne architecture popular in this historic period. If you look at the photos that accompany this article, you will see just how spacious and beautiful these rooms are.
Take a step back in time, and at the same time, enjoy the present while staying in the Edgarton Inn. Kathy, the owner is a great host and you will find the town, now named Ronceverte, to be populated by friendly people who help make your stay enjoyable. Come prepared to enjoy your stay in the Inn while you discover all the attractions and fun shopping experiences Greenbrier County has to offer.
Guest Blogger: Sherry McCormick-Hawkins
Being relatively new to West Virginia and the Greenbrier Valley I have taken some time to explore some of the businesses here.
One of my favorite places is a shop in downtown Lewisburg is called the “Plaid Eagle.” First off, the moment I walk into the store I am greeted and feel welcomed! This is a friendly place! The owner, Karen McClung, definitely loves her store and enjoys seeing people come in and browse. Also, she is readily available to talk to you about her large assortment of antiques and is happy to answer any questions.
The store makes me “feel young again” when I check out the toy section. Wow! There are several toys there that I used to play with as a child. I also have a small collection of antique dolls so I enjoy looking at the dolls that are available for sale.
Another neat aspect that brings back memories for me is the large assortment of glassware and silver. It definitely brings back memories of my grandmother’s house in Central Pennsylvania where I loved to visit. The Depression glass is my favorite!
The variety of vintage clothing and quilts in the store are amazing too. If you are into those types of items I highly recommend Plaid Eagle to find what you’re looking for!
Another aspect that is unusual is the large collection of medical items and old medicine bottles. This would be a perfect place for the collector of these types of items.
My husband is a collector of old books and has an extensive library. Plaid Eagle has a large collection of antique books available for sale and a large amount of them are about West Virginia and the history of the state. Hmmm…this might just be the place to shop for his Christmas present.
Karen is a specialist when it comes to antiques. She has been in the business for over 25 years. Not only does she have her store she also does Estate Sales. She can do an Estate Sale of contemporary items as well as antiques. She had a large sale recently which featured fine, contemporary items that was quite successful. If an estate sale is something that you have been contemplating please contact her about it.
To find Plaid Eagle Antiques and similar stores go to www.WVyourWay.com and click on the Tourism heading. Scroll down and select the keywords: Antiques, Books, Collectibles, Primitives, Prints, Quilts and Vintage Clothing. Then scroll down to the map and click on “The New River/Greenbrier Valley” region. Just below the map is the “search” button. Click on the search button and in moments everything you are interested in, and nothing you are not interested in, will come up. If you want directions to any of the places that are displayed, simply click on “Add to Itinerary” and you will be able to see the places you added separately and see the written out directions. So go search and have fun!