Today, I'm bringing you pinkies some of my Greenbrier Hotel Dishes that I have collected for many years.
First a little history. I could of course, write a book about the Greenbrier, but I will keep it simple.
The photo you see below is a History of the Greenbrier and the lady in the photo is my Grandmom, Katherine.
The Greenbrier Resort has a history that goes back more than 200 years ago. It is located in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia in a little town called White Sulphur Springs.
My Grandmom, Katherine worked there for 40+ years.
The Greenbrier was first known for it's healing waters, or the mineral springs that were found on the property. It is said that prominent people would travel by horseback to partake of the
mineral springs that many claimed to cure rheumatism and
Eventually cottages were built by the wealthy, then the
spring house and the hotel itself.
Southern aristocrats, world leaders, presidents, royalty and celebrities all started flocking to the Greenbrier.
Today, it remains one of America's premiere resorts and is known for it's social
grace and lavish southern hospitality style.
My beautiful dishes you see here were designed by Dorothy Draper who was the interior designer for the Greenbrier.
I have quite a few pieces of these dishes and I wouldn't part with them for the world!!!
Everytime I look at them, I think of my dear sweet Grandmom,
Katherine and how much she loved working at the Greenbrier.
She gave me my first piece of the china, which was the
little green creamer with the gold rim.
The silver pot you see here was probably used for hot water for tea in the diningroom. Some of these pieces were found in the cellar of my Mom and Dad's farmhouse. One year she surprised me by bringing me a box full of Greenbrier dishes.
at a party celebrating the reopening of the Greenbrier after its use as an Army hospital in WWII.
A 1950's fashion show by French designer, Pierre Balmain's creations shown in the Cameo Ballroom.
Conde Nast, publisher og Vogue, at the Golf Clubhouse in 1933. Looks rather dapper um?
The cottages, where many celebrities have stayed, including me!
My Grandmom loved Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.They honeymooned at the Greenbrier.
There were so many celebs that visited the Greenbrier, and still do to this day. But, the ones I remember the most were the ones that my Grandmom would tell me about. She said that Zsa Zsa Gabor
sent her dress to the valet shop to be cleaned and that they all gasped when they saw it was covered with jewls and pearls,
and a whole glass of red wine!
She could tell you stories about Elizabeth Taylor and
Richard Burton that would make you blush!
Oh, and she loved Bing Crosby. She said he was
so sweet and nice to the staff.
She disliked the famous golfer, Sam Snead. She said he had too many girlfriends for a married man.
This last picture is of me and my Mother. She passed away
a few years ago. My sister and I surprised her for Mother's
Day that year and took her to the Greenbrier for lunch and
tea. She loved it.
Okay, I think I have bored all of you too death, so I'll quit.
I think I was writing and having a trip down lovely memory
lane at the same time.