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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  • Good overview of West Virginia early history, and a well-done restoration of a piece of history. And even though a downtown location, it has parking available for visitors.  more »
  • This was a great museum to visit during our day out in Wheeling. We learned quite a bit about West Virginia, the Civil War and local culture during our visit. The court house on the top floor has a fa...  more »
  • Really cool museum that we unfortunately only had time for a quick walk thru, but know we will be back. Just walking around the perimeter of the building looking at the architecture was interesting by...  more »
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  • A nice little trip through history. I knew that WV separated from VA during the Civil War, but not the story of how that happen. Two hours were a good amount of time to see the exhibits and enjoy the beauty of the restored building.
  • Very informative place, if you have time to kill go check it out. Free and the staff was very nice and helpful.
  • WOW!!!! Loved the history. Very Friendly staff. Beautifully restored.
  • Birthplace of West Virginia. Loved the tour and the movie--so rich in history!
  • Great historical landmark. A must see to explore West Virginia history.

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