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State Capitol, Charleston

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The West Virginia State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S. state of West Virginia, and houses the West Virginia Legislature and the office of the Governor of West Virginia. Located in Charleston, West Virginia, the building was dedicated in 1932. Along with the West Virginia Executive Mansion it is part of the West Virginia Capitol Complex, a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.BackgroundPrior to the American Civil War, the counties that would ultimately form West Virginia were a part of the state of Virginia; the state capitol was in Richmond, Virginia. After Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, the northwest counties of Virginia loyal to the United States started the process which would ultimately create the State of West Virginia on June 20, 1863.Settling on a state capital location, however, proved to be difficult. For several years, the capital of West Virginia intermittently traveled between Wheeling and Charleston. In 1877, however, the state's citizens voted on the final location of their capital, Charleston.Prior capitolsWheeling, 1863From the state's inception in 1863, the legislature met in the building of the Linsly Military Institute, on Eoff Street in Wheeling. The government soon outgrew this building, which had been built in 1859. In 1865, the legislature voted to move to Charleston, which was to be the permanent capital city. The legislature remained in Wheeling until 1870, when the new building was completed.
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  • Unfortunately, the day we arrived there were no tours available nor could we find a brochure to help with a self guided tour. The building is absolutely beautiful. We did find both legislative chamber...  read more »
  • Haven't been to the West Virginia state capital in over a decade. In town for a couple of days and decided to go by. If you've never been here it is worth the visit. It is a majestic, grand structure....  read more »
  • You can either take a guided tour or do a self guided one. There is much information available to do either. We loved the marble all over the place, many great crystal chandeliers and light fixtures t...  read more »
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