Lemuel Chenoweth Day 2017


Saturday, July 17, 2017

Chenoweth House

Lemuel Chenoweth Day Celebration
At The Historic Lemuel Chenoweth House


The Historic Lemuel Chenoweth House will open for a free event on Saturday June 17, 2017 in celebration of Lemuel Chenoweth Day. The celebration will include a raffle for Civil War antiques, music, guided house tours, a traditional log hewing demonstration, wood oven baked biscuits with local jams, and a presentation about local history by Hunter Lesser.

The event is open for all ages. Parking for the event will be available on Water St in Beverly and at the Beverly Heritage Center. The event will run from 11-5. The Chenoweth House is located at the intersection of Bridge and Water St.

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 WV State Holiday in 1983.

The second floor of the Chenoweth House will open this year as an AIRBnB which will allow for guests to stay in Chenoweth’s historic home for a nightly fee. The AIRBnB will include a queen size bed, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a second bedroom for additional guests. The AIRBnB will be on display on Lemuel Chenoweth Day, June 17, 2017. The downstairs of the house will also reopen as a museum dedicated to Lemuel Chenoweth. Along with the Beverly Heritage Center, Rich Mountain Battlefield, the Randolph County Museum, and Beverly’s many other historic sites, the Lemuel Chenoweth House Museum will be a unique attraction for heritage tourism in Beverly.

Randolph Scott Allan restored Chenoweth's historic home In 1997. Since that time, the home has been open for tours, antique sales, reenactments, and other public events. In September 2016 health concerns lead to the museums closure. Since that time, the Allan family and community volunteers have been working to reopen the house as a museum and AIRBnB. The Beverly Heritage Center and other local partners have been closely involved with the work to reopen the Chenoweth House so that it can continue to be a community asset for years to come.

Volunteers associated with the project have worked in documenting and scanning museum pieces, moving furniture, painting walls, and cleaning up the grounds. Students from WVU’s public history program have also recently completed a Historic American Building Survey of the house which will be submitted to the Library of Congress and archived there in perpetuity. The home will serve as the headquarters of a newly developing nonprofit, the Lemuel Chenoweth Heritage and Arts Association (LCHAA) whose mission is to preserve, interpret, and share, the history of bridge builder, architect, and folk hero Lemuel Chenoweth as he lived in the West(ern) Virginia Frontier before, during, and after the Civil War; and to promote the study and appreciation of covered bridges, frontier life, folk architecture, and the arts.

The Philippi Covered Bridge is the largest example of Chenoweth’s exceptional work still accessible today. His work is also visible at the Huttonsville Presbyterian Church, the Barrackville Covered Bridge, the David Goff House (Historic Beverly Antiques), and his own homestead - the Historic Lemuel Chenoweth House, located on the intersection of Bridge & Water St. in Beverly, on the west side of town.

The Beverly Heritage Center, Randolph County Museum, Historic Beverly Antiques and Gretel’s Moon will also be open that day, with exhibits, demonstrations, and shopping opportunities during Lemuel Chenoweth Day. For more information call the Beverly Heritage Center at 304-637-7424 or learn about the Lemuel Chenoweth House at:

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