The town of Beverly was founded in 1790, and it was the first county seat of Randolph County.
Every summer the town celebrates both its heritage and its history.
“We switch off every year with the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation, so next year we will have a reenactment at the top of Rich Mountain. The next year we’ll be back in Beverly for Beverly Heritage Days,” explained Darryl Degripp, the Executive Director of the Beverly Heritage Center.
And that’s what is being held this year. Degripp said Beverly Week is all about reminding the community of it s heritage.
“A lot of the things that we are doing here that are demonstrations are things you would do on a daily basis during the 19th century. So making candles or making ropes, those were things you wouldn’t necessarily go and buy you would make them yourself. We have a lot of reenactors here and tents set up so people can see how those men lived during that period,” said Degripp.
Beverly Week kicked off on Saturday, and will continue through next Sunday.
During that time there are a lot of events planned.
“Throughout the week the fire department has their Miss Beverly Pageant, the children’s parade, a horseshoe tournament, the actual parade is on Friday and there will be music and a chicken dinner next weekend,” Degripp explained.
Degripp said bringing heritage demonstrations to the community reminds everyone of where they came from.
“Being able to make something for ourselves, you have to slow down to do it. You may not have gotten a lot done in comparison to what we can accomplish today, but when you were done doing what you did, you knew you accomplished something,” explained Degripp.
Beverly Week continues until June 27, you find more information on events by clicking here.