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

Birkett-Cresap

 
 
Birkett-Cresap Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Birkett-Cresap Marker
Inscription. In the 1830s Isaac Baker, Sr. bought a two-story log house on this site from the heirs of Daniel Capito. The Bakers lived here and operated a hotel called the Rising Sun. In 1843, Baker lost the property because of debts, and the house and lot were sold "at the front door of the Randolph County Court House."

In 1853, Reverend John Birkett bought the house from his father-in-law George Buckey. He and his wife Rebecca lived here and operated a store in one end. During the Civil War, the Birketts moved to Ohio, and while they were gone the house was destroyed. Upon their return in 1865, they built the existing two-story frame house plus a new store on the lot north of the house.

In 1871, Birkett sold the house to Charles J.P. "Pin" Cresap, a Beverly lawyer who was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1881. The Cresaps had no children, but a niece, Nannie Evans, lived with them and inherited the house after their deaths in 1900.

This two-story, "I" house with a rear ell is an example of Greek Revival style. It has 6/6 windows and clapboard siding with rake and corner boards. The entrance door has sidelights and flat transom with scroll pilasters. The roof eaves have interesting arrow-shaped drop finials.
 
Erected by Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike and Historic Beverly,
Birkett-Cresap House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Birkett-Cresap House
W.Va.
 
Location. 38° 50.403′ N, 79° 52.558′ W. Marker is in Beverly, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 219), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at stop 35 on 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. David Goff House (within shouting distance of this marker); Isaac Baker House (within shouting distance of this marker); Blackman-Strader (within shouting distance of this marker); Randolph County Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Beverly Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Randolph Co. Courthouse (about 300 feet away); 1841 County Jail (about 300 feet away); Hill Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beverly.
 
Also see . . .  The Birkett-Cresap House. Page from the Historic Beverly web site. (Submitted on November 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 595 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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