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Historic Beverly Organizations
A number of organization based in or near Beverly are working together for the preservation of Beverly's historic resources, for promotion of heritage tourism, and for sustainable community economic development for the town.
Historic Beverly Preservation
Historic Beverly Preservation is the non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, heritage and preservation of historic Beverly. HBP has provided the manpower and financial support, in partnership with the Beverly Historic Landmarks Commission and with a grant from the WV Historic Preservation Office, to develop Beverly's historic interpretation materials such as this web page presentation, the Historic Beverly Walking Tour brochure, and on-site interpretive signs for a number of key buildings.
Beverly Heritage Day, held bi-annually, is sponsored by Historic Beverly Preservation. Featuring historic home tours, crafts, food, music, and living history, Beverly Heritage Day is planned to raise awareness about the history and historic resources of Randolph County’s premier community, as well as to raise funds for future preservation work.
Historic Beverly Preservation is a non-profit membership organization. All supporters of our mission are encouraged to help, either by joining or sending your donations to the work of the organization, and also by participating in our activities. Meetings are held monthly, usually on the third Monday. Please inquire if you are interested.
Memberships in Historic Beverly Preservation are $10 regular, $25 family, and $50 supporting. If you are interested in the history of Beverly and in supporting the preservation and development of this unique historic community, join now -- at the Rich Mountain Visitor Center on Court Street in Beverly, or by writing:
Historic Beverly Preservation
PO Box 227
Beverly, WV 26253
phone (304) 637-7424
Beverly Historic Landmarks
BHLC has been designated by the Beverly Town Council to watch over and advise on the historic resources of the town. The commission is made up of five members designated by the Town Council who have experience and interest in Beverly preservation, but meetings are open to the public and all interested parties are encouraged to attend. Among the tasks and projects of the BHLC include surveying and updating the town's Historic District resources, advising, giving technical assistance, and answering questions both from Town Council and private citizens on preservation matters, educating the public about the town's heritage and preservation issues, as well as interpretation projects such as this web page, interpretive signs, and walking tour brochure.
Beverly Historic District was originally placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and the information about the town's historic resources was updated with a complete historic resource survey completed in 1999. The BHLC has been designated as a Certified Local Government by the WV Historic Preservation Office, and as such were awarded the grants which made possible both the resource survey and this interpretation project. Contact address is the same as for Historic Beverly Preservation.
Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation
RMBF was founded in 1991 to protect the Rich Mountain Battlefield and promote the area's Civil War heritage. As a community highly significant in Civil War history, working with Historic Beverly has been high on RMBF's priority list.
The Battle of Rich Mountain July 22, 1861, brought the Civil War to Beverly, and the Rich Mountain Battlefield Civil War Site can be seen today 5 miles west of Beverly.
RMBF is a membership organization, dependent on donations to continue its work. For more information visit the Rich Mountain Visitor Center, read about RMBF or contact:
PO Box 227
Beverly, WV 26253
SPTA is a collaborative organization that is working to preserve, coordinate, and promote the historic, cultural, and natural resources along the historic Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike from Staunton, Virginia to Parkersburg, West Virginia. Those sections of the Turnpike through Pocahontas and Randolph Counties, including Beverly, have been designated as a West Virginia Byway. On the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Byway you can follow much of the original alignment of the turnpike, visit the Civil War sites and historic towns along this dramatic route, while enjoying beautiful scenery and outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities.
Part of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Exhibit, "Travel A Turnpike Through Time", in the 1900 Bank portion of the Beverly Heritage Center.
Active since the 1920s, the RCHS has worked for decades to protect and present the heritage of Randolph County. They have published a number of local history books, including "Historic Beverly, a Guidebook" by Donald Rice and Phyllis Baxter, and "Randolph 200" by Donald Rice, both available from the Society.
The RCHS owns and operates the Randolph County Museum in Beverly, (right and above) and is a partner in the Beverly Family History Research Library.
Two other RCHS projects stand behind the Museum:
The Subscription School was saved and moved from a farm near Becky's Creek in a joint project with the Randolph County Retired School Personnel, and houses an extensive collection of one-room school memorabilia. It is open by appointment or during special events, including Beverly Heritage Day .
The Jacob Stalnaker Cabin was saved and moved from its original location south of Beverly as a joint project of the RCHS and the Stalnaker Family Association. Restoration work on the cabin will be ongoing, and both donations and volunteer help are urgently needed!!
RCHS is a membership organization, with periodic newletters and programs. For more information or to join, contact:
Randolph County Historical Society
PO Box 1064, Elkins, WV 26241
ARFHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting interest in and
preservation of family history and genealogy throughout the Allegheny
Mountain Region. They are the primary partners in the Beverly Family History
Research Library. They hold monthly meetings and encourage non-resident
members who have families from the area. In addition to the Library, ARFHS
publishes a quarterly journal, Allegheny Regional Ancestors, and has for
sale a variety of publications including cemetery listings and other
research information for the area.
Allegheny Regional Family History Society
PO Box 1804, Elkins, WV 26241
Regional Genealogy Inquiries
The following individuals have volunteered to be contacted for information regarding local families and other genealogy questions you may have: