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West Virginia Independence Hall

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Address: 1528 Market St, Wheeling, WV 26003-3532
Phone Number: (304) 238-1300
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Good History Lesson

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2016
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Buffalo, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars 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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3 of 5 stars 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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RI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Thank Rosemary C
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5 of 5 stars 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

This is the place where West Virginia became a state. From a forgotten piece of history extensive renovations have been done to bring this place back to life and tell the story of West Virginia's start to statehood. Three floors of history and be sure to see the film in the basement to get an overview of the history (I... More 

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Saint Clairsville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Surprised to find such a fine historical collection in downtown Wheeling. Our group was from Marian House and they looked forward to this for months. They loved the interactive exhibits. I liked the flags. Spend a few hours listening to the stories of old Wheeling and sifting through Independence Hall. Something fun to do after lunch.

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Bridgeport, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Excellent display of local history! Top notch job of restoration was done at Independence Hall in Wheeling WV. Building looks great, inside and out! If you live close by and you haven't stopped in to check it out, do it! Feel the History come alive!

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Mansfield, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

Never knew that Wheeling was the first capital of W. Va. really well done restoration with knowledgeable volunteers.

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Buckhannon, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

Wow, content rich for all ages. Took several hours to go through exhibits from court room, customs house, flag displays, and wv state history in the old post office. Free admission with free parking in the back.

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