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Beverly in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Jonathan Arnold House

 
 
Jonathan Arnold House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Jonathan Arnold House Marker
Inscription. Laura Jackson Arnold, sister of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, lived here at the time of the Civil War with her husband Jonathan and three children, Thomas, Anna, and Stark. Jonathan, a wealthy landowner, purchased this ca 1820 brick house in 1845.

During the Civil War, Jonathan sided with the Confederacy while Laura, in spite of her brother's stand, remained a Union supporter. Union soldiers were boarded here, as in many other Beverly homes, during the war. Laura became known for her devoted nursing and sympathetic treatment of the boys so far from home.

Their wartime differences led to a scandalous divorce. Laura moved to Buckhannon. Jonathan remained in this house until his death in 1883. Dr. A.D. Barlow then purchased the property and His family lived here through the late 1980s.

"We generally had in the house some sick Federal officers, as did a number of other families in town....
Thomas Arnold

This ca 1882 picture shows elderly Jonathan Arnold, with his son Stark, Stark's wife, Elizabeth, and their baby. The house then was symmetrical, with wings on either side of the central section. A second story on the wings was added later. The south wing, used by the Barlows as a store in the early 20th century, was removed after a fire.
 
Erected by Historic Beverly,
Jonathan Arnold House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Jonathan Arnold House and Marker
West Virginia.
 
Location. 38° 50.515′ N, 79° 52.487′ W. Marker is in Beverly, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 55) and Bridge Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Click for map. Located at stop 13 of the tour of Historic Beverly, West Virginia. Marker is in this post office area: Beverly WV 26253, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crozet - Chenoweth / Rich Mountain (a few steps from this marker); Adam Crawford House (within shouting distance of this marker); Peter Buckey House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lemuel Chenoweth House (within shouting distance of this marker); Beverly Covered Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Rowan House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gum Hart / Collett House (about 300 feet away); Randolph Co Jail - 1813 (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Beverly.
 
Also see . . .  Jonathan Arnold House. Page from the Historic Beverly web site. General Jackson visited the house several times before the war. And Union General McClellan briefly stayed in the house during his time in this part of Virginia. (Submitted on October 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Jonathan Arnold House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
3. Jonathan Arnold House
 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,468 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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