Beverly in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
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
Erected by Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike and Historic Beverly, West Virginia. (Marker Number 22.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1881.
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. The marker is located at Stop 22 of the tour of Historic Beverly. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beverly.
Also see . . . Blackman-Bosworth Store. Page from the Historic Beverly web site. (Submitted on November 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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.
— Submitted January 14, 2011, by Noni Urick of Gaithersurg, Maryland.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2009. This page has been viewed 906 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on October 31, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on January 14, 2011, by Noni Urick of Gaithersurg, Maryland. 5. submitted on November 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.