One of the first settlements west of the Alleghenies, Beverly dates back to the Revolutionary War era and preserves a look into former times. The success of nearby Elkins at the end of the 19th century left Beverly largely unaffected by later development. The cozy Randolph County town is a known for its antique and specialty shops and its museums.
Several trains operated by the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
pass through Beverly and feature scenic rides through the Appalachian wilderness. The Beverly Heritage Center brings together four adjoining buildings in the heart of historic Beverly. The interpretive museum and visitors center features exhibits on old-time turnpike travel, industrial-age political change and 19th century mountain life. Other attractions in the area include the Lemuel Chenoweth House Museum and the Randolph County Museum. The Rich Mountain/Historic Beverly Visitor Center on Files Creek Road offers information and exhibits about Rich Mountain, Historic Beverly and the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Byway. At the Rich Mountain Battlefield
site outside of Beverly, visitors can view the earthworks of Camp Garnett. Brochures, signs and interpretive trails guide visitors on the battle and its effect on the Civil War.
The Randolph County Fair is held at 4-H Camp Pioneer in Beverly. The annual Beverly Heritage Days offers a quilt show and textile fair, arts and crafts, frontier re-enactors, food, games and traditional music. Elkhenge Music Festival, which features an eclectic mix of musical styles performed by the area’s finest musicians, is held each year to benefit local nonprofit organizations.
The area’s major employers include wood technology, retailers, health care, education, and state and federal agencies. The tourism industry also is growing. Hardwood Flooring, Randolph County's largest employer, is located in Beverly, as is Colonial Millworks, another major employer.