Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Greenbrier County Office
1046 Maplewood Ave
Fairlea, WV 24901

Mailing Address:
PO Box 586
Lewisburg, WV 24901-0586

Phone: 304-647-7408/9
Fax: 304-647-7418
Office Hours 8:00 – 4:00 Mon-Fri
Directions to Office

About Greenbrier County

Greenbrier County is in the southeastern part of West Virginia centered about 70 miles southeast of Charleston (the state capital), and about 169 miles southwest of Washington, DC. It was formed in 1777 from the Virginia counties Botetourt and Montgomery. The county is named after the Greenbrier River, one of three rivers and their tributaries that drain the county. The other two rivers are the Cherry and the Meadow.

It is rural with a present territory of 1,025 square miles and a population of 35,027. Its county seat and major town is Lewisburg (pop. 3,624) located in the southeastern part of the county. Its second largest town, White Sulphur Springs (pop. 2,315), is the site, since the early nineteenth century, of an upscale resort centered on the Greenbrier, a renowned hotel. The other towns are Fairlea (pop. 1,706) which is located close to Lewisburg; Falling Spring (pop. 209); Quinwood (pop. 435); Rainelle (pop. 1,545); Ronceverte (pop. 1,557); and Rupert (pop. 940). The town of Alderson (pop. 1,091) is on the border with Monroe County and most of its population (930) resides in Greenbrier County. Interstate 64 runs east to west through the south central part of the county. The county also has rail connections and an airport. The northern and eastern corner sections of the county are part of the Monongahela National Forest. In the southeast near Interstate 64 is the Greenbrier State Forest. In the north on the border with Pocahontas County is Beartown State Park.

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Major employment is in health care and social assistance, accommodation and food service, retail, and manufacturing. Over half of the health care and social assistance employment is in ambulatory health care services. About one fourth of health care and social assistance employment is in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte where there is also located the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. The county also has high health care and social assistance employment in nursing and residential care facilities and in services to the elderly and disabled persons. With the location of a major resort in the county, the accommodation proportion of accommodation and food service employment is over half, a much higher than average percentage than elsewhere in the state. Employment in general merchandise stores is one-fourth of the total of employees in retail. Leading manufacturing employment is in sawmills and wood products, computer and electronic products, and navigational, measuring, and medical control instruments. There is some manufacturing employment is apparels, non-polystyrene foam products, and animal slaughter for food processing. Forestry and logging as well as bituminous underground coal mining are noticeable activities but hire only some of the residents. Those employed in mining other than coal are not a huge workforce but eclipse that of coal mining and are employed in stone mining and quarrying, crushed and broken limestone extraction, and construction sand and gravel mining. Major agricultural production is in dairying, eggs, forage, livestock, and turkeys. Raising of horses is also important and probably contributes to a significantly more than usual, although still small, number employed in veterinary science.