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Farming and industry mainstays of Beverly

January 6, 2008
Marietta Times

The village, founded in 1789 by 19 families, is located on the banks of the Muskingum River.

The main route to Beverly is Ohio 60. It's located about 20 miles north of Marietta. Farming is a staple in this community, as is industry. Local plants serving the area include American Electric Power, Globe Metallurgical and Lang Masonry. Two chambers of commerce serve the area, the Beverly-Waterford Chamber and Muskingum Valley Chamber.

Local schools are part of the Fort Frye Local school district. Other area attractions include two 18-hole golf courses, Lakeside and Arrowhead. Lakeside also includes a motel and a housing development, the area's newest, known as Beverly Hills.

Local events include an annual Christmas lighting and home tour. Emergency services are provided by a part-time police department, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and a volunteer fire department.

Where the community got its name

Early pioneers, including John Dodge, settled in the Beverly and Waterford areas between 1837 and 1841 as they were working on Muskingum River improvements.

According to local historians, Dodge named Beverly after his hometown in Massachusetts.

Lifelong Waterford resident and Oliver Tucker Museum Trustee Francis Sampson, 86, said his community was once known as Plainfield.

"I'd guess it was because of the flat land we have around the river bottom," he said. "How it came to be Waterford, I'm not sure, but I know before the locks and dams there was a water fording that connected Beverly and what is now Waterford."

Local historian Dan Hinton, 56, of Palmer Township, said there was a fording, but the naming of Waterford was most likely similar to the naming of Beverly. "There's a Waterford, Mass.," he said. "A lot of these early settlers named their new homes after their old ones."

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Downtown Beverly

Fast facts-- 2000 Census Data
Population: 1,282
Total Households: 556
Median Household Income: $32,798
Median Age: 42.8
Average Household Size: 2.23

Beverly government

Beverly Village
919 Mitchell Ave.
Beverly OH 45715
740 984-2694

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