“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Beverly in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Humboldt Yokum House

Humboldt Yokum House Marker image. Click for full size.
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.

This 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
Humboldt Yokum House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Humboldt Yokum House and Marker
scallops and bulls-eyes. The large wrap-around porch was a later addition.
Erected by Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike and Historic Beverly, W.Va.
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. Touch for map. Located at stop 39 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. 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); Randolph County Jail (about 600 feet away); David Goff House (about 600 feet away); 1841 County Jail (about 700 feet away); Blackman-Strader (about 700 feet away); Hill Building (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.) 
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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 657 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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