Lemuel Chenoweth Day Celebration
At The Historic Lemuel Chenoweth House

Saturday, 23 June 2018 – Beverly, West Virginia


The Historic Lemuel Chenoweth House will open for a free event on Saturday June 23, 2018 in celebration of Lemuel Chenoweth Day. The celebration will include a guided house tours, traditional music, a presentation about local history by Hunter Lesser, and more. 
(See further down this page for details.)

     Chenoweth House


Lemuel Chenoweth was one of America’s greatest builders of covered bridges, as well as a master carpenter, a WV state legislator, and an inventor. Chenoweth lived in Beverly before during and after the Civil War and is best known as the builder of the Philippi Covered Bridge.


Chenoweth only received a formal 3rd grade education, but he is nevertheless remembered as a highly accomplished bridge builder, a state legislator, and an exceptional figure in WV history. Lemuel Chenoweth Day was declared a West Virginia State Holiday in 1983.


Celebrate master bridge builder Lemuel Chenoweth at his historic Beverly home!

Interpretive house tours begin at 11 am. Lectures begin at 2pm.

2pm: "Fiddle Tunes, Disaster Songs, and a Blue Yodeler: County Music at the Dawn of Recorded Music" presented by local historian Christopher Taylor, AmeriCorps Member, Beverly Heritage Center
Chris brings historic songs to life with samples played from his Victrola and discussions about each.

3pm: "Civil War Music of the First Campaign" presented by historian, archaeologist, and author Hunter Lesser.
Music inspired young men to enlist, boosted flagging spirits in camp, let soldiers into battle, and honored their sacrifice. True tales of music's role, both amusing and heart-rending, will be explored. Short snippets of recorded music will accompany Hunter's narration.

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