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West Virginia Independence Hall

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Address: 1528 Market Street, Wheeling, WV 26003
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+1 304-238-1300
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Birthplace of West Virginia, DO NOT MISS!

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... read more

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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 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 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 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.

Thank Pamela C

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