Beverly Heritage Day 2015

The Homefront and Homecoming, 1865 and 1945


Saturday, July 18, 2015


War is hard on both those who fight and those left behind. The Homefront and Homecoming, 1865 and 1945 will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War Two. This Beverly Heritage Day program will be presented at the Beverly Heritage Center on Saturday, July 18, beginning at 10 a.m. as a part of Beverly Week, and co-sponsored by the Randolph County Historical Society.

The program will include readings from contemporary journals and first hand accounts of life on the West Virginia homefront during those Wars, and of Homecomings from them. The readings will be alternated with period appropriate music, all woven together by narrator Art Dodds. Art is known to many history buffs for his work entertaining and informing audiences as Governor Francis Pierpont, “the Father of West Virginia.”

homefront civil war

The Civil War portion of the presentation will feature stories of gunpowder making, murder, and the hardships endured by civilians in the border areas of West Virginia. The locales include West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, Pendleton County, Pocahontas County, and Beverly.

Don Teter, who portrays David Hunter Strother, aka Porte Crayon, for the History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council, will provide the voice of Strother.

Pamela Dodds, who is familiar to many for her portrayals of Julia Pierpont, will provide the voice of Cornelia McDonald of Winchester, Virginia. These readings will explore the bitterness between the Strother and McDonald families.

Confederate soldier James E. Hall of Barbour County was at the Battle of Rich Mountain and the surrender at Appomattox, and will share his diary entries abut the end of the war and his journey home.

Old soldier Elias Monfort visited the Tygart Valley in 1885, and will give his impressions of the area twenty-four years after participating in the conflict here. Another old soldier, the well-known writer Ambrose Bierce, began his military service in this area, and had a homecoming of sorts in the early 1900’s to visit the scenes of conflict. A reading of Bierce’s A Bivouac of the Dead will conclude this portion of the program.

Civil War musical interludes will be provided by Mountain Winds. This woodwind ensemble featuring Richard Evans, flute, Morris Kittle, clarinet, and Linda Wolfersheim, bass clarinet performs specially arranged 19th century minstrel tunes, dances, and parlor music. Pam Dodds will perform vocals.

The Civil War program will conclude about 11:30 with a break for lunch.

homefront ww2

The World War Two portion of the program will begin at 1 p.m. with 1940s swing tunes performed on flute by Katy McClane, leader of the band Jump Start. The program will feature a reading by local historian Robert Whetsell, who was instrumental in producing the documentary film Cliff-Scaling Soldiers of West Virginia. Elkins physician Samuel Roberts will provide the voice of his father Dr. Donald Roberts, reminiscing about American soldiers in Italy waiting to return home.

The Randolph County Historical Society and Beverly Heritage Center invite all to join us for this informative and entertaining program. There is no admission charge. For more information call 304-637-7424.

The program will conclude about 2:30 p.m.

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