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Beverly offers rich history

December 31, 2012
dsp The Inter-Mountain

History comes to life in the small town of Beverly as visitors have the opportunity to experience the early days of Randolph County.

Beverly served as the county seat until 1899, and features several historic attractions. The Beverly Heritage Center is a collection of four historic buildings that have been combined into one large structure, with an added art gallery.

The center combines the historic 1900 Beverly Bank building, the 1808 Randolph County Court House, the 1912 Hill building and the 1856 Bushrod Crawford building that was used as a headquarters by Gen. George McClellan during the Civil War. The center features professional quality exhibits that tell the compelling stories of the rich history of the area.

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Historic Beverly Bank

About five miles west of Beverly is the historic Rich Mountain Battlefield. The battlefield was the site of one of the earliest engagements of the Civil War. Visitors can see the site of the battle at the top of the mountain pass, and at the west base of the mountain are the earthworks of Camp Garret.

The center also provides information and a map to other historic locations in the small town. The center also offers tours and several events throughout the year. For more information visit, www.historicbeverly.org.

Beverly is also home to the historic Lemuel Chenoweth House, built in 1856. Chenoweth was America's most accomplished builder of covered bridges. Among the various antiques in the home are several Native American and Civil War artifacts. Visitors also can see a working scale model of a pre-Civil War sawmill designed and built by Chenoweth. Most of the furnishings in the house are antiques dating from the 1700s to the late 1800s.

There are also unique shopping options available in the small town. Cornucopia is a unique gift shop that features home decor in a range of themes, including primitives, country, lodge, Christmas and more. There are a variety of hand-poured scented candles and tarts as well.

The Crawford Store is a gift show that is part of the heritage center. It specializes in local heritage and Civil War books, local heritage music, 19th century goods including, soaps, candles, toys and reenactor goods, crafts and souvenirs.

 
 

 

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