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Greenbrier County begins near the eastern base of Big Sewell Mountain, and the town of Rainelle. Colonel Andrew Lewis and his father dubbed the area Greenbrier, unpleasant encounters with prickly green briers while surveying the river valley in the mid-1700s. In 1774, Colonel Lewis and his men used the route to travel to the Battle of Point Pleasant. This overland portion of the trail became known as Lewis Trail when George Washington advocated for an all-Virginia route to connect Virginia tidewater basin with the Ohio River, and ultimately, to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1785, the Virginia Assembly authorized money to build the old state road along the path of Lewis Trail, which is the present-day Midland Trail. The road was finished to Cedar Grove by 1790 (MM 76).

New MM 146 at Sam Black Church, Meadow River's headwaters creates West Virginia's second largest wetland and a home for sport fish and fowl.

Around 1906, the Raine brothers for whom Rainelle is named, established the Meadow River Lumber Company (1906-1970). Known for the quality of oak hardwood, Greenbrier County lumber was used in NYC's Waldorph Astoria Hotel and West Virginia's Governors Reception Hall. Sawmill employees' handiwork is evidenced locally in the beautiful chestnut wood interior of Rainelle United Methodist Church. On the west entrance to town, original Sears kit homes can be seen on the left hand side of the road.

Meadow River Festival
304.438.6047  Last weekend in June.
Celebrates the history of the lumber and coal industry and the Midland Trail itself.

Greenbrier Hills Golf
Nine-hole public course on Rt. 60.  304.438.9050
Rainelle City Park is home to picnic shelters, playground equipment, ball field, and a walking trail.

Meadow River Community Park/Greenbrier Youth Camp
Lovely setting on Meadow River ( MM 138) between Rainelle and Rupert offering picnic shelters and scenic walking trail. Open to public for music and outdoor recreation events during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Contact the Meadow River Watershed Association at 304.438.6225 or

Town of Rainelle: 304.438.7191

Originally called Big Clear Creek, the town of Rupert was founded and named for local postmaster Dr. Cyrus A. Rupert and incorporated December 31, 1945.

Mundy Roadside Park
Stretch your legs and enjoy a picnic at Mundy Roadside Park.

Rupert Country Fling
Held in Rupert the 2nd Saturday in September.

Town of Rupert: 304.392.5682