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West Virginia Independence Hall

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Address: 1528 Market Street, Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone Number: (304) 238-1300
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Good history of the forming of the state

This museum tells the story of the western part of the then state of Virginia refusing to go along with secession in 1861 and breaking away to form a separate state, the state of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This museum tells the story of the western part of the then state of Virginia refusing to go along with secession in 1861 and breaking away to form a separate state, the state of West Virginia, which remained loyal to the Union. Excellent displays, it won't take you a long time to visit and explore this museum. Highly recommended if... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is a small museum so we didn't expect much but figured it was worth visiting since we were staying overnight in town. Wow, were we excited we had stopped. First of all, the staff are deeply knowledgeable and helpful. They know their Civil War history! Secondly, we had no idea that West Virginia and Wheeling in particular, served such... More 

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Bellaire, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This building at the corner of 16th Street and Market has been restored. The third floor court room deserves a visit. The wooden benches, tables, and railings are superb. The ambiance of this room is incredibe..you can easily fantasize it's 1865..

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Welch, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

On a recent trip to visit home my daughter and I toured Independence Hall. At the time of our visit a replica of Abraham Lincoln's casket was on display. This was the reason for our visit, but we toured the rest of the exhibits in the building. The first floor has some Civil War memorabilia, models of riverboats and the... More 

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Mannington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by West Virginia's Independence Hall. The building has been beautifully restored, especially the third floor, which has been brought back to its 1863 condition and left largely alone otherwise, with only a couple of interpretive signs. I appreciated the chance to be alone with history, rather than having the present forced in upon me. The first... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is a beautifully designed museum in a historical building covering West Virginia and Wheeling history. There are some activities for children (go to the flag room) and a good movie. The civil war and the local industries are well documented. We stayed about 1-1/2 hours.

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Benwood, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

first time ever there was very informative in the history dept, toured the whole building was amazed with all the history and old furniture

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Pulaski
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was a museum full of state history. There was no fee to go there. The movie at the beginning tells how West Virginia became a state and that was the base of what the whole museum was about. It is all presented nicely with the exhibits being very well cared for.

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West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Worth a stop. This is THE birthplace of WV. It is a shame that there is not more fanfare for the place since it has all that significance. Charleston always gets more attention.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Don't be misled by the size of this museum; if you watch the movie first and spend time reviewing the exhibits, you can gain a much better appreciation of just how this state came about--the only true split that was achieved from the Civil War. I had no idea how/why this state was created until I journeyed here, especially in... More 

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Additional Information about West Virginia Independence Hall

Address: 1528 Market Street, Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone Number: (304) 238-1300
Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Wheeling
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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