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38. The Edward Hart / George Yokum House

The original log cabin on the site of this house here is traditionally considered to have been the home of Edward Hart, a son of John Hart, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Edward was one of the earliest settlers in Beverly, coming on horseback from Hopewell, New Jersey. He was a builder of log buildings, including the original log courthouse. He purchased this lot and built a log cabin and operated a cooperage, distillery and ordinary on the property.

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The land was subsequently purchased by Edwin Chenoweth who built the current house ca. 1855 on the foundation of the Edward Hart log house. He utilized the logs throughout its construction. In June 1858, Chenoweth sold the house to Hugh L. Hart and moved to Kansas. Hart sold the house in 1860 and also moved to Kansas where he subsequently served in the Union Army.

edward_hart2.jpg (45598 bytes) Dr. George W. Yokum, a noted doctor and local historian, purchased the home from Hart and lived here through the Civil War and for years afterward. He was imprisoned for three months in the summer of 1861 at Camp Carlisle, Wheeling Island, because he was found to have treated Lt. DeLagnel and other Confederate wounded following the Battle of Rich Mountain. Dr. Yokum had, at one time, the largest library in the county.

This is a two-story, side gable house with a rear "L". The original house was a two rooms down, two rooms up "I" house with end chimneys. A two-story single room up and down addition with its own entrance door was added on the north end as Dr. Yokum's office, creating an eight bay house across the front. The house has extensive interior original woodwork and paneling, and has been painstakingly restored.