The General Lewis Inn in Lewisburg, WV

I was a guest at the General Lewis Inn in Lewisburg, WV during one of my many genealogy research trips to Greenbrier County, WV and the surrounding area. This area of West Virginia has always beckoned me and after some research into my family history, I am going to assume that there’s a possibility that it’s because I have deep family roots in the area.

My sixth great grandfather is Capt. William McCoy (founder of McCoy’s Fort- see my previous post on McCoy’s Fort).

My seventh great uncle is Col. Andrew Hamilton and so forth and so on. In my search for family information and history, I took a break to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the Historic General Lewis Inn. Here are some pictures from my stay.

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Staying in the General Lewis Inn was like experiencing a step back in time except with modern day bathrooms and free wifi for guests, which is my kind of place. We dined at the Jefferson Dining Room located in the original portion of the inn built in 1834. The dining room had an elegant and peaceful atmosphere. At night, candles were lit and the upscale dining area was absolutely gorgeous with excellent service. During our dinner, we ordered drinks from the Thistle Lounge which was located right beside the dining room. I tried the French Vodka Lemonade which consisted of Basil, vodka, and sparkling lemonade at price of $10 per glass. I also tried the West Virginia Hurricane which consisted of dark rum, white rum, cointreau, orange pomegranate and pineapple juice at a price of $15 per glass. Both were delicious drinks. If I had to choose between the two, I would say the West Virginia Hurricane was my favorite.

After dinner, we walked through town and then enjoyed some front porch sitting on the comfortable rocking chairs before retiring to our rooms for the evening.

The cost is a little on the higher end for being in such a quiet, small town but it is definitely a unique experience. If you arrive earlier in the day, you are able to walk through the Inn and check out the other rooms. Every room is beautifully decorated with antiques and each one has complimentary West Virginia spring water. The Inn does not have an elevator but there are rooms located on the first and second floors available to accommodate everyone.

Since the building is older, you are able to hear people walking up and down the hallways, opening and closing doors. If your room is located near the front desk, you will be able to hear most of whatever is being said in the area. However, it is still relatively peaceful throughout the building, even during “busy” times. The staff was very friendly and helpful and seemed to genuinely care about your comfort which gave the Inn an even more comfortable “home” feel. I plan to return very soon.

If you’re visiting Lewisburg, I highly recommend that you stay at the General Lewis Inn, especially if you are a history lover.

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Cindie Harper

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McCoy’s Fort in West Virginia

McCoy’s Fort in Williamsburg, WV (Greenbrier County Virginia) during the Revolutionary War. Lt. William McCoy is my sixth great grandfather. I am so happy to see this Fort being preserved.

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McCoy’s Fort was a defensive fort at the home of William McCoy (my 6th great grandfather). It is located approximately one mile north of Williamsburg in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Family records indicate that my 6th great grandfather built his two-story log house around 1769 and most likely became a fort around 1774 during the Indian conflict known as Dunmore’s War.

William McCoy was the son of pioneer settler James McCoy. He was a lieutenant in the militia under Captain Robert McClanahan. He advanced to captain after McClanahan’s death at the Battle of Point Pleasant in October 1774.

There are documents that indicate that McCoy’s Fort was attacked during the Revolutionary War after the failed attack on Fort Donnally on May 29, 1778. Fort Donnally is located approximately six miles south of McCoy’s Fort. It is documented that Militia from Renick’s Fort, which is located about six miles east of McCoy’s Fort, came to the aid of McCoy’s Fort, which was…

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William McCoy, Sr. of Greenbrier County, Virginia

My Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestors: Lt. and later Capt. William McCoy, Sr.(my sixth great grandfather) of Greenbrier County Virginia, The Hamilton’s of Greenbrier County Virginia, and James McCoy (my fifth great grandfather).

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Lieutenant William J. McCoy, Sr., born 1740 in Augusta County, Virginia; died 1795.He was the son of James McCoy and Jane.

William McCoy, Sr. married Agnes (Nancy) Hamilton daughter of William Hamilton and Alice. Nancy Hamilton, born 1745; died 1833 in Greenbrier County, Virginia.

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Lt. William McCoy’s children are named in the Lane Grant book of Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia) in the Auditor’s Office; Vol. I, Pg. 558.

McCoy, Wm. decd, Heirs at Law of Greenbrier County 1 Augt 1818, On the waters of Sinking Creek adjoing the land of Charles Lewis decd &c. “Wm McCoy, Jas McCoy, Andw McCoy, Jane Raider,  Alice Hanna, Nancy Miller, Jno McCoy, and  Moses McCoy.” -Grants 67, p. 407.

William and Nancy Agness Hamilton McCoy’s children were also mentioned in the will of Andrew Hamilton (b. 1738 d. 4 March 1796 in Greenbrier County, Virginia).

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William was Commissioner of the Peace in 1791; member of the Grand Jury…

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James Gilliland (Gillilan), Revolutionary War Patriot, Greenbrier County Virginia

James Gilliland (my sixth great grandfather) and Revolutionary War Patriot of Greenbrier County, Virginia (present day West Virginia).

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In Richard Hill Gillilan’s Biography from Greenbriar County West Virginia it states that Richard’s grandfather, James Gillilan (who is my 6th great grandfather), was one of the pioneers in the Falling Springs vicinity. He is documented as coming from Augusta County, Virginia where he was reportedly born March 16 1749. It lists James as settling on 400 acres of land near the Falling Spring. It also states that he brought the first wagon to the county and took his produce to the market in Philadelphia. He married Lydia Armstrong (my 6th great grandmother), who died July 22, 1818.

In T.C. Miller’s “West Virginia and Its People,” James is documented as being married to Lydia Armstrong. Please see below:

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James died on Februrary 14. 1844 at the age of 99.

Here are copies of James’ Revolutionary War Pension records:

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Service: VIRGINIA    Rank: ENSIGN

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