WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Greenbrier, the classic American destination resort in the foothills of West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, broke ground Wednesday on construction of its new wedding chapel.
The chapel is being constructed by Cochran Construction Co., which has worked closely with the Justice family for 40 years. The scheduled completion date is set for Aug. 28, 2015.
The Greenbrier’s latest venture is beginning to take shape on the broad and lovely lawn at the foot of the historic Presidents’ Cottage Museum and Paradise Row Legacy Cottages. The new wedding chapel will complement the simple architectural lines of those earlier buildings and will draw on the resort’s long tradition as a romantic rendezvous destination.
Back in the day when matchmaking was an art, it was practiced at the highest level at “The White,” as the resort was once called by those who frequented it. Decades before the Civil War, a certain Colonel William Pope organized The Billing, Wooing and Cooing Society in the resort’s ballroom. Nominally the dance instructor, Colonel Pope’s real function was arranging introductions between eligible young people with an eye to marriage. His plan seemed to work…