West Virginia Independence Hall

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Facility:West Virginia Independence Hall
Description:Nearly six years before President Lincoln signed the proclamation making West Virginia the 35th State in the Union, construction had begun on the Wheeling Custom House, headquarters for federal offices for the Western District of Virginia. Its completion, coinciding with the beginning of the Civil War, provided a facility for heated political discussions and constitutional conventions that led to eventual statehood for West Virginia in 1863. Here, issues dividing many Virginians - slavery being one of many - were debated, compromised and shaped into the skeleton of statehood. Serving as the Restored Government of Virginia (aligned with the Union) from 1861-1863, it is appropriately known today as West Virginia Independence Hall.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:1528 Market Street
Address 2:
City:Wheeling
State/Province:WV
Zip Code:26003
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:10a.m. - 4p.m. Monday - Saturday
Closed State Holidays
Admission:Tour of the Museum $3 for adults / $2 for students
Telephone:(304) 238-1300
Website:http://www.wvculture.org/sites/wvih.html
R E V I E W S
Debbie, Co-op Member
A true state gem and a must see for all! Free admission into WV Independence Hall, or the Custom House as it was called when it opened in 1859, is the birthplace of WV and Civil War museum. It has been completely restored to its original appearance and features the Post Office, Federal Courtroom and the office of Governor Francis Pierpont, the Governor of the "Restored Government of Virginia." There is a great display featuring 14 original civil war battle flags. Many other interesting displays are featured also.
A wonderful and educational state museum that all children and adults should visit.
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