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

Randolph Co Jail - 1813

 
 
Randolph Co Jail - 1813 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Randolph Co Jail - 1813 Marker
Inscription. The first county jail was a log structure on the west side of Jacob (now Main) Street. It was completed by Edward Hart in April 1790. The second jail was this 1813 brick building, across from the log one, on the lot purchased by the county commissioners when the public square was set aside. William Marteny and William Steers built this jail for $250, building it with thick walls and foundations four feet underground. The two first floor cells were for regular prisoners, and the two second floor cells were for debtors. The ell in the rear was the jailer's residence.

After a third jail was built on Walnut Street in 1841, this building became a residence. It was occupied for a number of years by Bernard L. Brown and his family, after their previous home was destroyed by Union troops during the Civil War.

This is a two-story plain brick structure with a symmetrical three-bay facade. The deep-set window ledges show the depth of the original walls. The original building had a simple stoop, which has been replaced by a large porch across the front of the house. The arched glazed double entrance doors probably date from the 1870's. The rear addition replaces the original ell.
 
Erected by Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike and Historic Beverly, W.Va.
 
Location.
Old Jail and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Old Jail and Marker
Today the structure has a front porch.
38° 50.459′ N, 79° 52.505′ W. Marker is in Beverly, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 219), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at stop 23 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. Beverly (here, next to this marker); Robert Foyles & Family (a few steps from this marker); Beverly Public Square (a few steps from this marker); The First Campaign (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Beverly (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Beverly (a few steps from this marker); Blackman-Bosworth Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Occupied Beverly (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Beverly.
 
Also see . . .  The 1813 Randolph County Jail. Page from the Historic Beverly web site. (Submitted on November 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 748 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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