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Beverly in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Adam Crawford House

 
 
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By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Adam Crawford House Marker
Inscription.  
Built around 1792, this is one of the oldest standing houses in Beverly. It was altered to its present form circa 1835 and purchased by Adam Crawford in 1846. Union officers occupied the house after the Battle of Rich Mountain. According to tradition, the telegraph wires brought by General McClellan's advancing army were strung to the tree on the left side of the house, and the telegraph office was established in the upper left hand bedroom. It is possible that General McClellan's famous victory telegram was sent from this location.

The Crawford family was forced to live in one room during much of the Union occupation, to the chagrin of the staunch southerners. One of the daughters, Harriet, later married a Union telegrapher she met here, but only after inducing him to desert and join the Confederate Army instead.

A typical "I-house" with 2 rooms upstairs, 2 rooms downstairs and a central entry and hall, this home features some Federal style detailing. This circa 1880s photograph gives a clear view of the house, including the unusual 9/6 windows which were found in many Beverly buildings. A later photo from around 1900 shows
Adam Crawford House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Adam Crawford House
The marker stands under the lower left window.
the windows had been changed by that time.
 
Erected by Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike and Historic Beverly, W.Va. (Marker Number 19.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 50.494′ N, 79° 52.499′ W. Marker is in Beverly, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 219) and Bridge Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Located at stop 19 on the tour of Historic Beverly. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 713673 Main Street, Beverly WV 26253, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crozet - Chenoweth / Rich Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Jonathan Arnold House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lemuel Chenoweth House (within shouting distance of this marker); Randolph Co Jail - 1813 (within shouting distance of this marker); Beverly Covered Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Rowan House (within shouting distance of this marker); Beverly (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beverly.
 
Also see . . .  Adam Crawford House. Page from the Historic
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Beverly web site. (Submitted on November 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,085 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on October 19, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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