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West Virginia Independence Hall, Wheeling

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West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling, West Virginia, was built in 1860 under the supervision of architect Ammi B. Young. During the American Civil War it housed the Wheeling Convention (1861) as well as the West Virginia Constitutional Convention (1863).The building was originally built as the custom house for the Western District of Virginia and later became the center of government for the Restored Government of Virginia from 1861 to 1863.It housed the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia from 1860 to 1864, then the District of West Virginia from 1864 to 1901, and finally the Northern District of West Virginia from 1901 to 1907.It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1988.
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  • The road to statehood for West Virginia more or less began here, at a former customs house in downtown Wheeling. When the Civil War was about to get started, those in the eastern part of Virginia were...  read more »
  • I hadn't realized prior to visiting how West Virginia became a state. Lots of great information - really enjoyed seeing the flag displays on the 2nd floor. The movie is a bit hokey, but has a good sto...  read more »
  • I liked the court house room the best. The rest was OK. My had an historical flag display when I was there. 
  • Cool to learn about the history of West Virginia.
  • Surprised by the beautiful restoration of the 19th century courtroom on the 3rd floor and the detail of the exhibits. A must for local Civil War buffs, or for those passing through the region.
  • Virginia and West Virginia begin their journey through the 150th year remembering of events that compelled families, communities, and states to take bold positions in an effort to shepherd this nation into the future. Sometimes going back in time will help make sense of what is needed today to continue to take bold steps into a better tomorrow. It is the stuff of Profiles in Courage. WV's Independence Hall is gearing up for the events of the Sesquicentennial. Travis Henline and his supporters are making this historical landmark exciting for all ages. Makes me proud! Christa Pierpont Charlottesville, VA
  • We visited here today (June 18, 09) and wish we could be there for the anniversary of West Virginia on June 20. This is a beautiful building, with a wonderful, friendly, informative staff. For any West Virginian, we believe this is a must see. Also for any Civil War buffs.
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