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

Humboldt Yokum House

 
 
Humboldt Yokum House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Humboldt Yokum House Marker
Inscription.  This house was built in 1890 by Dr. Humboldt Yokum. The son of Dr. George Yokum, he grew up in the house next door. Humboldt acted as peace emissary during the controversy over moving the county seat. He rode into Elkins to head off the faction of Elkins men determined to take the courthouse records by force, relaying the message that a well-armed reception awaited them in Beverly. As a result, the meeting signal was not blown, thus avoiding an armed confrontation. He then served on the committee elected to resolve the conflict, which resulted in the county seat being peacefully moved to Elkins. He also served as the president of the Beverly Bank for many years.

The small cottage next door served as Dr. Yokum's office. He chose not to place windows in the cottage side facing the house and the house side facing the cottage to afford privacy to patients and his family. After his death, the cottage was converted to a residence by his wife and used for rental income.

Eleanor Roosevelt stayed in this home during a visit to the Tygarts Valley Homestead Settlement of Dailey and Valley Bend, just a few miles south of here.

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two and one-half story Queen Anne style house is graced with a turret with conical roof and ball finial on the south corner of the facade. It has 1/1 windows with decorative hoods that have scallops and bulls-eyes. The large wrap-around porch was a later addition.
 
Erected by Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike and Historic Beverly, W.Va.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Eleanor Roosevelt series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
 
Location. 38° 50.319′ N, 79° 52.562′ W. Marker is in Beverly, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 219) and Fountain Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Located at stop 39 on 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. Edward Hart House (within shouting distance of this marker); Isaac Baker House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birkett-Cresap (about 500 feet away); Historic Beverly Antique Mall (about 600 feet away); Randolph County Jail (about 600 feet away); David Goff House
Humboldt Yokum House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Humboldt Yokum House and Marker
(about 600 feet away); 1841 County Jail (about 700 feet away); Blackman-Strader (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beverly.
 
Also see . . .  Humboldt Yokum House. Page from the Historic Beverly web site. (Submitted on November 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 800 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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