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West Virginia: Northern Panhandle
Victorian Homes
Victorian Homes Along
the Wheeling Streets

Hugging the Ohio River, the slender Northern Panhandle whispers with history: of the ancient Adena people; of the pioneers who traveled west along the National Road; of the debates that gave birth to West Virginia during the Civil War; of the turn-of-the-century boom that spawned extravagant homes in Wheeling and Sistersville.

Today, that history harmonizes with a new Northern Panhandle, as vibrant as those bygone Victorian days but alive with new sounds: the lilt of country music and the swell of symphonic sound; the splash of fish jumping in a mountain stream or otters playing in an outstanding zoo; the thunder of a rocket launching a simulated space mission, and the roar of the crowd at a live racetrack; the satisfying clink of a knife or fork on fine West Virginia-made china, and the soothing fizz of a freshly brewed West Virginia beer; the laughter of children at a wonderful family resort, or the sigh of a contented traveler settling down for the night in a restored Victorian inn.

Listen. Laugh. Learn. And live well, in the fascinating blend of past and present that is West Virginia's Northern Panhandle.


History Happened Here: West Virginia Independence Hall
Wheeling's West Virginia Independence Hall was built shortly before the Civil War began. Inside it, you can stand in the very courtroom where heated political discussions and...


Gateway Town
Wheeling has long been the hub of the Northern Panhandle. A pre-Revolutionary outpost and stop along...


Birth of a State
At West Virginia Independence Hall, you can almost hear...


Country, Comedy, or Classical
Country music fans know Wheeling as the home of Jamboree USA, broadcast for more than 50 years by radio station WWVA from Capitol Music Hall.


River's Edge
Wheeling's riverfront is a window on the Ohio River, one of America's most scenic waterways. To see it up close, join joggers, walkers and...


Fast Fun
Cross the bridge to Wheeling Island for greyhound racing thrills, gaming and fine dining at Wheeling Downs Greyhound Racetrack and Gaming Center. There's live racing six days a week, and...


Victorian Shopping
A few blocks from downtown, Wheeling's Centre Market caters to lovers of antiques, crafts, gourmet and specialty foods and...


Performing Arts
Take in a show at historic Towngate Theatre, or see what's on the walls at...


First Resort
Don't leave Wheeling without visiting Oglebay Resort and Conference Center. On 1,650 groomed acres, the full-service resort features...


River Town Life
Follow the Ohio River north from Wheeling to Wellsburg for a taste of river town life. The historic port town's downtown wharf still welcomes...


Picture Postcard Towns
The 1783 mansion of Alexander Campbell - statesman, businessman, editor, preacher and philosopher - is a historic jewel in the town of Bethany.


Place Settings or Place Bets
At the top of the Northern Panhandle, in Newell, you can tour and shop at the 128-year-old Homer Laughlin China Company...


Easy Parking
For fishing and family fun, Tomlinson Run State Park near New Manchester is a favorite. Enjoy 1,400 acres, including 33 acres of fishing lakes and...


Back in Time and Behind Bars
A few minutes south of Wheeling is Moundsville, site of the world's largest Adena burial mound.


All that Glitters
Southeast of Moundsville, on a ridge just off US 250 at Limestone, you can tour Prabhupada's Palace of Gold, "America's Taj Mahal," where Hare Krishna...


Bees and Boomtown History
Head downriver and south toward New Martinsville for a sweet taste of West Virginia at Thistledew Farm, a ridgetop honey farm where...


Watery Wildlife
From the tip of the Panhandle to its base and continuing into the Mid-Ohio Valley river region, a series of islands dot the Ohio River, forming...


An American Crossroads
The Northern Panhandle remains a lively crossroads - of highways and rivers, of fanciful Victorian architecture and down-home jamboree, of city treasures and country pleasures...



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