Beverly in the Civil War

13 July 2013

(press release)



10 am – Period craft demonstrations
11 am – Children’s activities, including drill and campfire lunch.
                       Age 7 up, free, preregistration please.
2 pm – Mountain Winds Woodwind Ensemble
3:30 pm – Porte Crayon (David Hunter Strother) History Alive!
4:40 pm – Minstrel music with Les Caraher and Peter Baxter
5:30 pm – Pork tenderloin dinner at Beverly Presbyterian Church annex, $12 advance reservation, $14 at the door while quantities last.
7:00 pm – Blue and Gray Community Choir concert at Beverly Presbyterian Church.


ALL EVENTS ARE FREE - except for the meal


To reserve your place at the children's activities or at the church dinner, contact us at 304-637-7424 or email us at


Beverly Brings History Alive! and Civil War Concert

The Beverly in the Civil War event on Saturday July 13th will feature activities for all ages, in continued recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. The event will feature children’s activities, a History Alive! presentation of Porte Crayon, and Blue and Gray Community Choir concert, along with live music, period craft demonstrations, and a home-cooked meal.

“This will be a fun event, with Civil War activities for all age groups including a chance for children to try things themselves,” said Darryl DeGripp, Executive Director of the Beverly Heritage Center. “We’re really excited to bring Porte Crayon and the Blue and Gray Choir to Beverly.”

Beginning at 11 a.m., children aged 7 and up will have the opportunity to participate in Civil War era activities outside of the Beverly Heritage Center. Activities will include learning military drill, as well as a campfire lunch. The museum will be open all day, free of charge, and children will be able to take a guided tour of all four exhibits. Preregistration is strongly urged for this free activity.

David Hunter Strother, also known as Porte Crayon, the famous 19th-century artist, writer, and topographer, will make an appearance at the Beverly Heritage Center at 3:30 p.m. Historian Don Teter, from Monterville, will portray Porte Crayon as part of the History Alive! living history program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. The presentation will include a monologue by Porte Crayon, a discussion with the character, and conclude with a discussion with the presenter.

Period craft demonstrations including blacksmithing, printing, and basket-weaving will be featured starting at 10 am. Mountain Winds Woodwind Ensemble will provide music at 2 p.m. prior to the History Alive! program, and Les Caraher and Peter Baxter will play minstrel music following the program at about 4:30 p.m.

Evening activities will move to the Beverly Presbyterian Church who will be hosting a pork tenderloin dinner in the church annex at 5:30 p.m. The dinner costs $12 for advance reservations before July 10th, and $14 at the door while supplies last.

The Blue and Gray Community Choir will provide a special concert of Civil War period music, American folk songs, and patriotic music in the historic Beverly Presbyterian church at 7:00 p.m. The Philippi-based Blue and Gray Community Choir, conducted by Judson Bracey, most recently performed at Independence Hall in Wheeling for the West Virginia 150th Statehood Celebration.

Funding for these activities is provided in part by the West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, the West Virginia Humanities Council, and the Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau. All activities are open to the public and free except for the ticketed dinner. Reservations for dinner and for the children’s activities are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling the Beverly Heritage Center at (304) 637-7424 or sending an email to


Darryl DeGripp
(304) 637-7424

PO Box 227 / 4 Court Street  -  Beverly, WV 26253
304-637-7424  -