Lemuel Chenoweth built the “pleasant little homestead on the rippling Tygarts” in 1856. The house overlooked the Beverly covered bridge Lemuel built in 1847, which was the first of many such bridges he built on western Virginia turnpikes.
The post and beam house demonstrates the ability of a master carpenter, and many unique design and stress features incorporated in the construction reflect his occupation as a self-educated architect and builder of covered bridges.
During the Civil War, Federal soldiers were billeted in the house. A Union picket post on the house lot guarded the bridge. Two of Lemuels sons fought for the Confederacy - one was killed, the other was captured near the end of the war.
Both Indian and Civil War artifacts found during the restoration of the house are on display in the museum. A newly constructed scale model of the 1847 Beverly covered bridge demonstrates the construction techniques used in this bridge, which set the standard of quality for turnpike bridges that followed. Also see a working scale model of an up and down, two-way, futuristic sawmill Lemuel designed that shows the genius of this superb craftsman.
The house is being gradually refurnished with furniture built by Lemuel. House tours daily.
Lemuel Chenoweth House & Museum
Tuesday - Friday 4pm.
Saturday & Sunday : 2pm and 4pm
For information, other special open times, or appointments
for group tours call 304-636-1953
Admission: Adults $4, Students $2