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

Blackman-Bosworth Store

 
 
Blackman-Bosworth Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Blackman-Bosworth Store Marker
Inscription. The Blackman-Bosworth Store building was built 1827-28 by David Blackman on lot #14. It originally stood next to the James Westfall log house that had been used as an early courthouse. Slaves built the store building, supervised by bricklayer J.W. Bradley who had a brick yard along the river. Mr. Blackman had a mercantile store here until the Civil War. The store was later operated by McClaskey and Hanshaw.

The store has a vault in the cellar, reached by a trapdoor, which was used to store valuables before there was a town bank. The building was used as a commissary during the Civil War, and at times was a post office and a print shop; the Randolph Enterprise newspaper was first printed here.

In 1881, Squire Newton Bosworth, the son of Dr. Squire Bosworth, bought the store. In the 1890s, he built an addition on the north side of the building. His descendants lived here until the building was sold to the Randolph County Historical Society in 1972.

The Blackman-Bosworth Store is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now the Randolph County Museum, this is a three-bay by four-bay structure with 9 over 6 pane windows and large double
Markers next to the County Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Markers next to the County Museum
doors. On the north side is an 1890s addition with separate entrance.
 
Erected by Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike and Historic Beverly, W.Va.
 
Location. 38° 50.455′ N, 79° 52.522′ W. Marker is in Beverly, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 219), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at stop 22 of the tour of Historic Beverly. 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. The First Campaign (here, next to this marker); Beverly (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Beverly (here, next to this marker); Occupied Beverly (a few steps from this marker); Robert Foyles & Family (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Beverly (a few steps from this marker); Randolph Co Jail - 1813 (within shouting distance of this marker); Beverly Public Square (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Beverly.
 
Also see . . .  Blackman-Bosworth Store. Page from the Historic Beverly
Blackman-Bosworth Store image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
3. Blackman-Bosworth Store
web site. (Submitted on November 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The Blackman-Bosworth store
The Blackman-Bosworth store was sold by Squire Newton's Daughter Helen Bosworth, who was the last inhabitant of the Bosworth family to live upstairs in their living quarters. The last time they tore the wallpaper off the walls "the civil war graffiti" was discovered and was left exposed for our viewing pleasure. The basement has graffiti on the rafters too, for many a Confederate Solider were hidden downstairs in that tight dirt cellar because the trap door was easily hidden under the rug and I believe furniture could be placed over that. Initially, I believe our family store was the Beverly Museum. I conferred with my Mother - Helen Harding Wynne (Squire Newton's favorite Granddaughter) to assure myself of the details I had remembered when I last visited in the 1970s).

It was the wish of the family to have the store shared with their neighbors and all that have an interest in the history of Beverly and Randolph County.
Squire Newton Bosworth image. Click for full size.
From the collections of Mildred Harding - Squire's Grandaughter
4. Squire Newton Bosworth
    — Submitted January 14, 2011, by Noni Urick of Gaithersurg, Maryland.

 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
Subscription School image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
5. Subscription School
Behind the store is a small building designated stop 22A of the tour.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 710 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Noni Urick of Gaithersurg, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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