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Address: 1528 Market St, Wheeling, WV 26003-3532
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Outstanding museum focused on creation of state of West Virginia

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bob R
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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 confederacy and events eventually leading to statehood for West Virginia.

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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed April 12, 2017

They also have an amazing collection of battle flags from the civil war. I was very inspired by the 7th infantry flag and story. I was also interesting to note that the confederacy had a very difficult time trying to reconquer West Virginia for the south. West Virginia is the only southern state to go with the union.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed February 25, 2017

Location of the 1861 Wheeling Convention where a series of two meetings was called (1) to repeal an Ordinance of Secession from the United States of America that had been approved throughout Virginia in a referendum and (2) to establish a Restored government of Virginia, which authorized the counties that organized the convention to form a new state, West Virginia.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed October 29, 2016

Our tour guide was very informative and I actually learned a lot about the history of how and why West Virginia became a state. The courtroom was beautiful!

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Seneca, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed October 17, 2016

Independence Hall is a Civil War museum located in Wheeling. The website does not due justice to this place. Admission is free. The museum is located on three floors and pictures and videos in the basement on how West Virginia became a state. Exhibits include 13 flags carried by West Virginia troops, court room where the people met to discuss... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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Reviewed September 1, 2016

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 ready to leave the Union in order to keep slavery going in their part of the world. But some people in the western... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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Reviewed August 7, 2016

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 story regarding WV's secession from Virginia and how it came about.

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Alderson, West Virginia
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Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

I liked the court house room the best. The rest was OK. My had an historical flag display when I was there.

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Reviewed July 26, 2016

Beautiful building with three floors of history. We began with a short film about WVA's independence then, at the recommendation of Sue Beth, a curator, we went to the 19thC courtroom located on the third floor then worked our way down the floors. While this courtroom is beautiful what impressed me most was the faux paintings of crown moldings on... More 

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Reviewed July 19, 2016

First capitol of W.Va. If interested in the early history of West Virginia (and western Virginia prior to 1863) this is a great visit.

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