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Historic Beverly provides glimpse of a bygone era

June 28, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

The historic town of Beverly offers visitors the chance to experience the early days of Randolph County through a collection of artifacts, records and tours. The Beverly Heritage Center provides a glimpse into the town, which was home to one of the earliest engagements in the Civil War.

The Beverly Heritage Center combines a museum, a Civil War battlefield and several events into a hub for heritage tourism.

The Heritage Center is made of four historic building that have been combined into one large structure, with an added gallery. The center combines the historic 1900 Beverly Bank building, the 1808 Randolph County Courthouse, the 1912 Hill building and the 1856 Bushrod Crawford building that was used as a headquarters by Gen. George McClellan during the Civil War. The center features professional quality exhibits that tell compelling stories that all ages will find interesting.

In addition to the center, Beverly also provides several other must-see attractions that let visitors step back in time.

Cornucopia is a unique gift shop that features home decor in country, lodge, Christmas and other popular themes. There are many hand-poured scented candles and tarts as well.

Also in Beverly, the Lemuel Chenoweth House was built in 1856 by Chenoweth, who was one of America's most accomplished builder of covered bridges. Among the various antiques in the home are several Native American and Civil War artifacts. Visitors also can see a working scale model of a pre-Civil War sawmill designed and built by Chenoweth. Most of the furnishings in the house are antiques dating from the 1700s to the late 1800s.

About five miles west of Beverly is the historic Rich Mountain Battlefield, the site of one of the earliest battles of the Civil War. Visitors can see the site of the battle at the top of the mountain, and at the west base of the mountain are the earthworks of Camp Garret.

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