The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 24, 2010

Beckley native to be in annual antiques show

BECKLEY — Going to The Greenbrier has been a family tradition for Tucker Payne and his family. In fact, his family was just there a few months ago and he will once again be visiting by the end of the month.

This time will be a little different, however. Payne, now a Charleston, S.C., resident, will be one of the exhibitors in the resort’s annual antiques show.

Hosted by Carleton Varney, the show takes place Oct. 28-31 and will feature some 40 prominent exhibitors, lectures and antiques from the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Payne, a Beckley native, opened his shop, Tucker Payne Antiques, two years ago and said he has never been in an antiques show “at this level.” His exhibit will consist of 18th and 19th century furniture, decorations and accessories.

“I went through a lot of my stuff at the shop and picked better pieces to go to this show,” he said. “I’ve done other shows before, but never at this level. This is a great show and it just made sense for me to do it. I grew up going to The Greenbrier.”

Tucker’s father, Ned, said the family has many connections to White Sulphur Springs. His great-grandfather served as mayor of White Sulphur Springs from 1920 to 1921 and then served again from 1923 to 1931. He also served as a town doctor, treating patients who stayed at The Greenbrier. Dr. Wyatt’s home and medical office were located on Main Street.

“He not only treated White Sulphur area patients, but also a number who were guests at The Greenbrier,” Ned Payne said. “The house is now owned by Lisa Campbell, an interior decorator.”

Ned Payne also has an interest in the past. Being a member of  the Historic Charleston Foundation Advisory Board, he works to restore and preserve the history of Charleston.

“The foundation has been named a presenting sponsor at the Greenbrier Antique Show,” he said. “Mr. Varney will be joined by some of the premier antique dealers in the world to share personal insight about the historical, craft and artistic significance of antiques.”

Coming from this long line of White Sulphur Springs connections, Tucker Payne said he is looking forward to the show.

“It was one of those weird things,” he said. “My father told me they were having a show and I talked to them. Then it was no problem. It’s worked out really well for both of us. For them, they have someone who has local ties, and for the shop, the antiques will be suitable for the show they’re doing.”

Growing up in Beckley, Tucker said he remembers taking trips to The Greenbrier. Although he never lived by The Greenbrier, they visited often.

“I don’t remember how old I was, but we always went,” he said.  “I remember going over with Dad when he was head marshal for the rider comp. This was back in 1976. It’s just always been a part of my family.”

Although Tucker is an exhibitor for the show and now owns an antique shop, this isn’t the future he had imagined. His interest started when he went away to college in South Carolina.

“While there, I started working for an antique dealer, just by chance,” he said. “A lot of people in the fraternity I was in would help this particular dealer, so that’s why.”

He said he really “hit it off” with the owner and developed an interest in history.

“I never really stopped working for him,” he said. “It was really neat how it worked out. I love history. I love Charleston, and since I loved both, the interests kind of collided with antiques. I think I was always interested in antiques. It was one of those things where you lucked into something that you knew you liked.”

Now he will take his love for history back to a place historical in itself. He said The Greenbrier is a special place to him and that it’s a shame everyone doesn’t know about it.

“It’s an American jewel,” he said. “There’s no other place like it in the world. It’s really beautiful and it has a grand history. This is why it’s a great place for the show.”

A Greenbrier Antiques Show package starting at $299 per night includes lectures, formal opening preview and daily floor show admission. There will be an exclusive preview from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and it is also open to non-registered guests at a rate of $200 per person or $300 per couple.

The show will be open to the public Friday through next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person or $15 for the run of the show.

— E-mail: alannom@register-herald.com

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