The Beverly Heritage Center earned a prestigious distinction last weekend at the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia's Preservation Awards Banquet, which took place at the Hotel Morgan in Morgantown.
The center was a recipient of the Community Preservation Award for its devotion to the restoration, preservation and development of four significant historical buildings into a major heritage tourism attraction for Randolph County.
The Beverly Heritage Center rehabilitated the 1808 Randolph County Courthouse, the 1850s Bushrod Crawford Building (which acted as General McClellan's headquarters in the area during the Civil War), 1900 Beverly Bank, and the 1912 Hill store building.
Darryl DeGripp, executive director of the Beverly Heritage Center, said that, while it is always nice to receive an award, this one is particularly meaningful.
"This means a lot because it is wonderful to be recognized by the organization and our peers," he said. "The Preservation Alliance and all of those in attendance, we all know what it takes to reuse or renovate historic buildings. To be sitting in a room with your peers, who recognize that hard work, it makes you feel really good about the work you do."
The Beverly Heritage Center is also looking forward to many events this fall starting with a canning class today at Beverly Presbyterian Church. The center will be working with Beverly OnTrac to promote use of the community garden. Participants will learn to can various types of food, and will leave with a pint of salsa that they can themselves at the event.
Also, the center is inviting the public to come and see archaeology in action at the Collett House in Beverly for the center's Archaeology Dig on Oct. 12-13 as well as the center's historic Lantern Tours, a walk through Beverly's historic district with stories of Beverly's darker side "to enhance the chill of an October evening."
The First Ward School Project in Elkins was also recognized at the banquet. The project garnered an award for Best Use of Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, showcasing the work that C-HOPE, the Randolph County Housing Authority and AU Associates completed together to repurpose the building into an apartment building for seniors through $3.7 million in renovations.
For more information about the Beverly Heritage Center, check out www.beverlyheritagecenter.org.