Beverly Heritage Days: Discover the Stories

July 23, 2022


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Beverly Heritage Days: Discover the Stories


Downtown Beverly will come alive with the people, sights, and sounds of our historic past as our annual timeline heritage event returns Saturday, July 23rd. Come interact with Living History camps representing 18th, 19th, and 20th century eras with reenactors, demonstrations, presentations, displays, and more. Join us for a Parade of History, children’s activities and games, food, live music, and a brand new Scavenger Hunt and Civil War Spies Mystery Game. This family-friendly event is free and open to history lovers of all ages.


We invite our visitors to participate in our new Civil War Spies Mystery Game. Beverly is occupied by federal troops and rumors are spreading about Confederate spies in our midst. Interact with local citizens to figure out who is lying and who is telling the truth. Correctly identify the two spies and you will be entered in a prize drawing. Will you be able to solve the mystery? Grand Prize - One Night's Stay at the Mountaineer Casino Resort! Another new interactive element this year is a history themed Scavenger Hunt. Follow a series of clues throughout the various reenactor camps to reveal a secret message that will lead you to a prize. Recommended for young adults and children with adult supervision.


Presentations will include Don Teter as Porte Crayon, a 19th-century journalist, artist, and soldier from West Virginia; Sam Winkler as Father Michael Costello, a Civil War Priest and abolitionist; Art and Pam Dodds as Francis and Julia Pierpont, West Virginia’s first Governor and First Lady.


Children’s activities will include the Game of Graces and Fishing for Chickens.


The 1841 Randolph County Jail will be open for visitors to see the new exhibit in the newly restored jailer’s office.


     19th Century Hospital Demonstration

Beverly, West Virginia was the original county seat of Randolph County, and was a crucial crossroads through settlement, Civil War and 20th Century history. Located 6 miles south of Elkins along US Rt 219, Beverly is an active heritage tourism destination with town historic district, Rich Mountain Battlefield, and multiple museums and shops anchored by the Beverly Heritage Center. Beverly Heritage Days is our primary heritage event of the year.

Living history camps will include 18th, 19th, and 20th century eras with scenarios welcome for any part of our timeline, military and civilian. Living history, first person impressions, demonstrations, presentations, displays, and heritage crafts are all welcome.

Escape Room and Jail – A new Escape Room in the 1841 Randolph County Jail will be available for visitors to try, as well as scenarios in the newly restored jailer’s office – inside the historic jail building.

Occupied Beverly – Civilians in Beverly were impacted by the Civil War conflict and occupation by troops. While a fancy “tea” seems inappropriate, this scenario will bring together civilians to talk, support each other, and work on projects for their families and the troops. Civilians are encouraged to bring their own craft or cooking prep projects as they gather together, while some projects will be available to join in.

Planned scenarios, demonstrations, and presentations are strongly encouraged that can be offered either continuously, or at scheduled times. We invite all of our reenactor and living history participants to present stories of your own. Period crafts demonstrations and musicians are welcome, and could be offered either in the camps, or at separate stations through the event. Musicians in camps or in the Beverly Heritage Center are also welcome. Interactive activities and engagement for young people are highly encouraged. Let us know your scenario plans in advance so that we can get them on the schedule and include them in the event promotions. Describe on your registration form or call or email us to discuss.

History Parade along the streets of Beverly will kick off the event Saturday morning. Please let us know if you can participate in color guard or music for the parade. Military and civilian groups and individuals from all periods, musicians, and period appropriate vehicles are welcome (rumor has it some suffragettes may march). NO non-historic participation – no cars with politicians, twirlers, or fire trucks!



Selling Goods - Sutlers or other merchants of period appropriate goods are welcome. There will be no vendor fee, although pre- registration is required and a donation to support the event is encouraged. Craft demonstrators or camp participants who wish to sell within the period camps may do so with permission from the camp provost, as long as their display is period appropriate to that camp. A merchants’ area will be available near the Beverly Heritage Center. Merchants with relevant modern goods or display will be placed in the BHC area, and only with advance approval. Please indicate your preferred location in your pre-registration.

Amenities - Camps in Beverly will be located in the large lawns within the town. Water and portopots will be available near camps, with running water toilets and a shower available at Beverly Heritage Center during open hours. Firewood and hay will be provided and ice will be available for purchase.

A camp dinner will be available Friday evening, as you arrive, set up and get registered.

Saturday lunch of grilled pork sandwich meal will be provided to pre-registered participants. You MUST pre-register by July 13 to get a lunch ticket. Pie sale and additional meals are available for purchase.

An ice-cream social will close the public activities Saturday afternoon. Mi Fiesta Mexican Restaurant is open in Beverly for other meals.



Saturday, July 23
Parking available at corner of Fountain St & Walnut Ave

10 am – Parade of History
10:30 am – 5 pm – Camps, games, activities open
11 am - Porte Crayon (Randolph County Museum)
11:30 am–2 pm – Pulled pork lunch and pie sale (BHC patio)
12 noon - Ed and Trish Bowes live music (lunch tent in Goff yard)
1 pm – Father Michael Costello, Civil War Priest (Civil War camp)
1 pm – Julia Pierpont plays pump organ (Courthouse)
2 pm - Gov. Francis and Mrs. Pierpont present Early Flags of the United States (Courthouse)
3 pm - Porte Crayon (Randolph County Museum)
3 pm - Julia Pierpont plays pump organ (Courthouse)
4 pm – Civil War Spies Mystery Game awards (BHC patio)
4:15 pm – Ice Cream Social (BHC patio)




This event is FREE with pre-registration. Pre-registration is expected, and is required by July 15 to get the participant meal. You may register by individual, family, or unit. Please give us contact info (email if you use it) for everyone. Please pre-register and provide information about your impression and needs by early June if possible, so that we can plan and promote the event.


CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM: qkuUcW0mEfEgzgueC1WD5rGMw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Or contact us directly for information, or to pre-register by mail, email, or phone: Beverly Heritage Center

PO Box 227, #4 Court Street, Beverly WV 26253 Christopher Mielke, 304-637-7424

Event sponsored by Beverly Heritage Center, Hosted by West Virginia Reenactors Association