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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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  • 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 »
  • Very interesting and information. The restored courtroom on top floor is itself worth the visit. The director spent a lot of time. Thouroughy goes thru what happened when Virginia seceded with the con...  more »
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  • Very informative place, if you have time to kill go check it out. Free and the staff was very nice and helpful.
  • Great historical landmark. A must see to explore West Virginia history.
  • I sat these steps as a child in the fifty's, wondering why the steps were so worn, little did I realize the historic events that took place here especially during the Civil war!
  • 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.

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