A Pleasant Little Homestead on the Rippling Tygarts

Lemuel Chenoweth built his post-and-beam homestead in 1856, five years before the Civil War. The house overlooked the Beverly covered bridge.

Lemuel Chenoweth was a self-made folk architect, carpenter, legislator and local hero of Beverly West Virginia.

Ongoing Restoration

The Lemuel Chenoweth House is being restored for new generation of Chenoweth enthusiasts. Your continued support is crucial for keeping the lights on and doors open.

Interactive Museum Tours

Walk-back in time as you take in the period furnishings, listen to Lemuel's legacy, touch his tools, admire his construction techniques, and experience the adjustable stress features of this unique homestead.

A new bridge is built!

Randy Allan spent his life documenting and preserving the life history and work of Lemuel Chenoweth and now passes it on for a new generation to enjoy. Join us in our efforts.

Lemuel Chenoweth's Home Documented by W.V. University

University students document Chenoweth's home for the Historic American Building Survey


Timeline: Lemuel Chenoweth's Family, Bridge-Building, and Place in West Virginia's History

Browse Through Lemuel's Life, Family, and Works in Chronological Order

Our Heritage Tourism Partners in Beverly

Museums, Friendly Folks, Food, Civil War Sites, Folk Heros, Gifts, and Antiques

Historic Beverly Antique Mall

Browse through 4000 sq ft of consignment antiques from the 1800s and early 1900s.

Browse through 4000 sq ft of consignment antiques in the mall while viewing uncovered Civil War graffiti in the beautifully restored David Goff home. The Goff House was used as a Union Hospital during the Civil War. Part of the house dates from before 1795 and most of the present structure was built before the Civil War. (The large wrap-around porch was added later — see the historical photograph, below.

Main Street (US Route 219/250)
Beverly, West Virginia 26253


Call (304) 637-0037

Gretel's Moon Gifts

Handmade artisan crafts, select antiques, essential oils, and unique finds.

This is a quaint place to find a perfect gift that reflects the hometown style and artisan flare of historic Beverly.  From yummy local made sweets, to hand knit scarves and fine hand-made jewlery, you will find something unique here.

248 Main St
Beverly, West Virginia
Call (304) 642-4882

Beverly Heritage Center

Your first stop when you arrive in historic Beverly!

Beverly Heritage Center combines four historic buildings in the center of Beverly, West Virginia, to tell the story of the Battle of Rich Mountain and the First Campaign of the American Civil War, the pivotal role of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, and daily life in a small rural county seat through the 19th Century. There is plenty to see and do here. Stay for the day.

4 Court St
Beverly, West Virginia
Call (304) 637-7424

Rich Mountain Battlefield

Visit the Rich Mountain Battlefield, an early and important site from the Civil War.

With over 400 acres of protected ground, including the Battlefield and Camp Garnett, Rich Mountain Battlefield has continually grown and developed to better serve members and visitors.
Trails through the site and interpretive signs tell the story of this crucial early battle, while a visitor’s center in nearby Beverly supports the site with information and resources.

PO Box 227 Beverly, WV 26253
Telephone: (304) 637-RICH
Rich Mountain Battlefield Website

Beverly Bistro

Farm Fresh West Virginia Food with a European Flare

Within an easy stroll from the Lemuel Chenoweth House is the Beverly Bistro featuring locally raised meat, fresh farmers market veggies, and a delightful range of spirits and locally crafted brews.

246 Main St
Beverly, West Virginia
Call (681) 298-5002

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Discover West Virginia's Self-Made Folk Hero - Lemuel Chenoweth

Carving Out a Place In History


Contact Us

If you have questions about Lemuel's life and works, upcoming events, or have historical information you'd love to share we want to hear from you.

The mission of the newly formed Lemuel Chenoweth Heritage and Arts Association: To preserve, interpret, and share, the history of bridge builder, architect, and folk hero Lemuel Chenoweth as he lived in the West(ern) Virginia Frontier before, during, and after, the Civil War, and to promote the study and appreciation of covered bridges, frontier life, folk architecture, and the arts.