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Beverly Heritage Days: Centuries of History

All Activities Are FREE!

Friday, July 22

7 pm History Alive!
     Minnie Pearl presented by Denise Giardina

 Saturday, July 23

10 am - 5 pm Camps and Activities

Living history and programs including:

  • Native American, Pioneer, Civil War camps
  • World War II camps and equipment
  • Cannon and machine gun demonstrations
  • Historical Programs and Displays
  • Artisans’ Demonstrations
  • Beverly shops & historic buildings
  • Live music from all periods
  • Children’s Activities
  • BBQ lunch and Pie sale

7 pm – Timeline Dance

 Sunday, July 24

10 am – 3 pm Camps and Activities continue

2 pm History Alive!
     Ostenaco presented by Doug Wood


For more detailed information about Beverly Heritage Days "Centuries of History," see the following:


19th Century Beverly

6 miles south of Elkins on US Rt 219/250
For information – 304-637-7424
or see updates here at this website

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Beverly Heritage Days 2016

Centuries of History

July 22, 23, and 24th 2016




Something for Everyone at Beverly Heritage Days

What do Cherokee chief Ostenaco, a Civil War artilleryman, a German Wehrmacht soldier, and beloved comedienne Minnie Pearl have in common? You can meet them all at Beverly Heritage Days: Centuries of History from July 22 to 24.

“Our living history this year offers diverse and exciting opportunities for people to connect with many different eras of the past,” said Phyllis Baxter, president of Historic Beverly Preservation and one of the organizers of Beverly Heritage Days. “We wanted to go beyond the Civil War reenactments we are most familiar with here, and to offer a wider glimpse of life through our Centuries of History.”

Reenactors representing Native American, Pioneer, Civil War, and World War II periods will be camped in town and offer demonstrations throughout the weekend. Military camps will offer cannon and machine gun firing demonstrations as well as equipment and camp life.

Living history will also focus on civilian life in different periods. The West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program will present Denise Giardina as Minnie Pearl on Friday evening, and Doug Wood as Ostenaco on Sunday afternoon. Artisan demonstrations of basket making and blacksmithing will showcase traditional skills.

In the primitive camps, Ostenaco will be camped throughout the weekend, and will offer trailcraft tours to his riverside fishing camp. Indian and frontier camps will share a variety of skills from woodcraft to textiles to campfire cooking. Historical talks Saturday afternoon will include “Early Settlement of the Tygart Valley,” presented by Beverly historian Karl Mulac and “Incident at Files Creek” documenting the 1754 murder of the Files family, presented by John Bush, a genealogist currently working on a book chronicling the event. Jacob Stalnaker Jr. Stories from the Frontier will be presented by Matt Taylor.

Governor Francis and Lady Julia Pierpont, portrayed by Pam and Art Dodds, will present a program midday Saturday, and will be available for discussion along with Senator and Mrs. John Carlile, portrayed by Gary and Millie Goetze. A Civil War cemetery remembrance by Hunter Lesser will be featured Sunday at the Chenoweth House.

Mid-20th century will be featured with a “World War II Homefront Memories” panel discussion Saturday morning, and “Doughboys and GI Joes” artifact display and discussion with Rick Wolfe. On Sunday, Linda Zimmer will stroll the town with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt marionettes.

In the Beverly Town Square, an activity tent for children will offer heritage craft activities and games for a variety of ages. Participants can make a corn cob doll, play a game, or if they’re “bad” be thrown in the stocks for a photo.

Historic preservation of Beverly’s heritage will be showcased in the new seasonal exhibit “Preservation and Architecture” at the Beverly Heritage Center. Three buildings under rehabilitation – the Collett House, 1845 Jail, and the Logan House – will be available to tour, as will the largely original Eli Butcher house on Saturday. Examples of rehabilitation successes such as the Goff House and Chenoweth House will also be open through the event.

Event food will include pork sandwich lunch for $10 both days at mid-day, and an old-fashioned pie sale on Saturday. Food will also be available at Beverly Bistro, at Bobbie’s, and Campbell’s Market.

Live music behind the Goff House throughout the day Saturday will range from old-time to jug bands and swing. Civil War songs accompanied by antique organ are on the schedule at the Beverly Heritage Center. Folk duo Jamie & Jamie, will perform once at the Goff House stage, then throughout the day Saturday at the Chenoweth House. Sunday starting at 12:15 will feature mountain music by Falling Branch String Band and blues from Don Olson.

Saturday evening starting at 7 pm will be Beverly’s first ever Timeline dance, held at the newly restored meeting hall in the upstairs of Beverly IOOF Hall. Music by Mountain Winds woodwind trio and Rich Mountain String Band will guide dancers through a selection of 18th century and 19th century dances. The third set will be 20th century dancing, with classic tunes, and informal coaching for those who want to learn swing dancing. Participants will be attending in attire from all of these periods, even 21st century, and everyone is welcome to come listen and dance.

All activities are free to the public, thanks to the support West Virginia Humanities Council, Randolph County Convention and Visitor Bureau, and sponsors Town of Beverly, West Virginia Development Office, Citizens Bank of West Virginia, and FirstEnergy Foundation. The event is a part of Beverly Week in partnership with Beverly Fireman’s Festival.

“Our timeline event is meant to bring a variety of different historical presentations and activities to appeal to many different interests,” explained Baxter. “There really is something for everyone.”

Beverly Heritage Days: Centuries of History will be held from evening of July 22 through afternoon of July 24. Events will begin Friday evening at 7 p.m. with Minnie Pearl History Alive! presentation. Camps and activities will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the Timeline Dance at 7 p.m. Activities resume Sunday at 10 a.m., ending after the Ostenaco History Alive! presentation at 2 p.m. For more information and a detailed schedule,  contact the Beverly Heritage Center at 304-637-7424

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