The Art Colony Shops are located in the historic Alabama Row cottages which are among the oldest structures at The Greenbrier, built in the 1830s. Together, the Alabama Row cottages and the Presidents' Cottage Museum represent the most authentic remaining portion of the famed antebellum resort then known as White Sulphur Springs. These were amongst the resort's best accommodations at the time for their sweeping mountain views and their porches designed to capture cooling summer breezes.
By the early 20th century all of these cottages were showing their advanced age when Cleveland artists William and Natalie Grauer proposed an "art colony" where they could bring their Ohio art community associates down to The Greenbrier to provide guests each summer with a variety of art instruction. The cottages were restored for this purpose in 1933. During the Second World War while The Greenbrier hotel served as a hospital for the U.S. Army these cottages were used as military nurses' living quarters.
In 1956 a British sculptor, Gladys Tuke, persuaded The Greenbrier's management to revive the art colony concept and she opened the first post-war studio and shop in Alabama Row. From that one shop has grown The Art Colony Shops that we know today.
The Art Colony Shops are a unique experience that includes skilled artisans working with metals, leather, brass, wood, glass and pottery, as well as an artist-in-residence demonstrating his/her art. Located in Alabama Row, overlooking the Springhouse, The Art Colony Shops are just a brief walk from the Main Building or complimentary transportation is also available.
Classic and lightweight fine leather bags and some of the most unique leatherwork being produced by American craftspersons.
Stunning original works of art from internationally renowned artists on
display in one of the finest galleries east of the Mississippi.
An innovative line of heirloom-quality accessories of solid brass and precision-inlaid stone.
MacKenzie - Dow
Fine furniture that blends Old World heritage with modern practicality. Specializes in the craftsmanship of superb quality 17th and 18th-century European-inspired solid wood furnishings.
The Pottery at The Greenbrier
Enjoy one-of-a-kind pottery created by master potter, Tracy Brent Howard, along with live demonstrations using various sculpting techniques including the pottery wheel.
A wide selection of art-to-wear from painted and pleated silk evening wear and playful, silk-screened linen separates to colorful, one-of-a-kind outerwear and accessories.
Features the handmade jewelry creations of Susan Chapman Thomas, and the beautiful and unique works of glass artist Alex Brand.
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James Monroe visited White Sulphur Springs with his wife in August 1815 while he was Secretary of State. His physician ordered him to “take the waters” to regain his health.
Ulysses S. Grant visited White Sulphur Springs in 1874. It was a brief visit early in the season as he was traveling west by railroad.
Woodrow Wilson spent his Easter vacation in April 1914 at The Greenbrier. He played golf on the Old White Course. He also divided his December 1915 honeymoon with Edith Bolling Galt between The Greenbrier and The Homestead.
William Howard Taft vacationed at White Sulphur Springs during his 1908 campaign for the presidency. He was feted at a grand ball in the ballroom of the Old White Hotel.
Dwight D. Eisenhower hosted the North American Summit Conference at The Greenbrier March 26-28, 1956. He was also at the resort three times in World War II when The Greenbrier was used as an Army hospital. Once he was admitted as a patient and the other times he was here with Mrs. Eisenhower for rest and relaxation.