Confederate soldiers will once again raid Beverly on Saturday and Sunday, just as they did 150 years ago during 1863. The reenactment event is open to the public and will include a host of free activities.
"We will present actual events that happened in Beverly in 1863, and will have many opportunities for the public to participate, in addition to watching the activities," said Darryl DeGripp, executive director of the Beverly Heritage Center.
On Saturday, Union soldiers will be much in evidence, as Beverly was occupied by Federal troops for most of the Civil War. At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, along Walnut Street behind the Beverly Heritage Center, Confederate troops reenacting Gen. John Imboden's spring 1863 raid will attack the town. During the raid, the Union troops will retreat and Confederates will take control of the town.
Saturday will also feature living history of the occupied town before and after the raid, with Civil War camps, sutlers selling period goods and civilian activities. A camp dinner will be available to the public at 5:15 p.m. for $10. The Civil War Ball at 7:30 p.m. with the Rich Mountain String Band will teach 19th century period dances, and the public is invited to participate.
Sunday's reenactment will represent the Gen. William L. "Mudwall" Jackson raid from July 1863, at 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon. Sunday visitors are also invited to the Beverly Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. for a period church service with 19th century music by Mountain Winds woodwind ensemble. A light lunch will be available for $6 at the church hall following the service and prior to the Sunday reenactment.
Reenactment activities will be taking place in the town of Beverly, and local residents are encouraged to participate.
"We want to alert townspeople that the reenactments on Saturday and Sunday afternoon will be noisy with the sound of black powder gunfire," DeGripp said. Any citizens concerned about noise or impact may contact the Beverly Heritage Center to get details of when and where these activities will take place.
The weekend is sponsored by the Beverly Heritage Center and Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation and hosted by the West Virginia Reenactors Association. Partial funding is provided by the West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. Sponsorship opportunities are available for supporting businesses.
"This will be a unique event, offering a taste of what Beverly would have been like 150 years ago. We hope visitors and local residents will all come out and participate in these unique reenactment activities," said DeGripp.
For more information or meal reservations, call the Beverly Heritage Center at 304-637-7424, email at email@example.com, visit our webpage at www.beverlyheritagecenter.org and on Facebook.
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Union occupied Beverly, period sutlers and living history
10:30 a.m. - Civilian social and sewing circle
2:30 p.m. - Confederate Gen. Imboden Raid Reenactment
3 4 p.m. - Confederates occupy Beverly, living history
5:15 p.m. - Hearty Camp Dinner ($10, reservations encouraged)
7:30 p.m. - Spring Gala Civil War Ball with Rich Mountain String Band
10 a.m. - Period Church Service at Beverly Presbyterian Church. 19th century music by Mountain Winds woodwind ensemble.
11:30 a.m. - Light lunch at church hall. ($6, reservations encouraged)
1:30 p.m. - Jackson's Raid on Beverly