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West Virginia Independence Hall Museum

1528 Market Street, Wheeling, WV 26003, USA

Nearly six years before President Lincoln signed the proclamation making West Virginia the thirty-fifth 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.


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Located on the corner of 16th and Market Streets. From I-70 take Exit 1A South on Main Street to 16th, turn left and go one block. Parking is available behind the building.

Visitor Services

Rest rooms, handicapped access, New Display of 13 Civil War Battleflags

Regular Events

June 20, West Virginia Day, Family Fun Day, Seasonal Events

Available Interpretation

Self-guided tours, docent led tours by prior arrangements, signs, kiosks

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Admission Fee



Monday-Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.



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