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Lantern tours set to kick off fall in historic Beverly

October 9, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

New opportunities and the return of some favorite events will be featured this fall at the Beverly Heritage Center.

A full schedule of activities is planned for October through Christmas.

The Beverly Heritage Center's new manager, Darryl DeGripp, is seeking assistance with stories for the first Beverly Lantern Tours in October.

"We invite Beverly and area residents to share stories with us of those who have gone before," DeGripp said. "Our lantern tours will feature a variety of stories related to Beverly's historic homes and community heritage."

Led by Beverly resident Karl Mulac and other docents in period costume, the Lantern Tours are set for this Saturday and Oct. 27. They will explore the darker side of Beverly's historic district. Tours will leave from the Beverly Heritage Center each evening at 7:30 p.m. and will last about an hour and a half. Tickets will be $10 for adults, and $5 for Beverly Heritage Center members and children younger than 12.

On Nov. 10, the Beverly Heritage Center will feature the popular Night at the Museum event. Museum characters will come to life in the exhibits during this reception with hearty hors d'oeuvres and favorite beverages. The fundraiser is from 6 to 9 p.m., with tickets $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

"Every year we feature some new characters and activities during this event," DeGripp said. "First-time attendees will be charmed, and returning participants will find some surprising new activities."

DeGripp started in September as operations director for the Beverly Heritage Center. A graduate of West Virginia University in interior design with a master's in public history, DeGripp helped create the Morgantown History Museum and sits on the board of the West Virginia Association of Museums.

"We had a number of very qualified candidates for the position," said Phyllis Baxter, president of Historic Beverly Preservation. "Darryl's wide range of work experience, excellent credentials and commitment to the position made him clearly the best choice, and we are delighted to welcome him to the team at the Beverly Heritage Center."

The Beverly Heritage Center combines four historic buildings into one heritage attraction offering museum exhibits, gift shop, archives and visitor information. Operating partners in the Beverly Heritage Center are Historic Beverly Preservation and Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation.

Off-season hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday, with other days and hours by appointment. For more information about the Beverly Heritage Center or fall events, anyone interested can visit, email DeGripp at or call 304-637-7424.



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