West Virginia Travel Regions
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|West Virginia: Northern Panhandle: History|
Alexander Campbell Mansion
Bethany, (304)829-4258, (304)829-7285
Dating to 1793, this former home of Alexander Campbell, founder of Bethany College, was built in four periods. Now restored, the 25-room mansion once welcomed many famous political figures. On the National Register of Historic Places.
Bethany Historic District
Walking tour features God's Acre; the Campbell Cemetery; the Old Meeting House (Bethany Church); Hibernia, an 1836 inn built by Alexander Campbell and now a private residence; Harbinger Print Shop; Old Main; Pendleton Heights, home to Bethany College's presidents; and the Delta Tau Delta Founders House. All on the National Register of Historic Places.
Brooke County Historical Society
Formerly Miller Tavern (1798-1840), the building now houses a museum displaying furniture manufactured in the area, clothing of the 1800s, toys and other artifacts.
Fish Creek Covered Bridge
One of two covered bridges in the state to use a single King Post Truss design, this 36-foot covered bridge was built c. 1881. Located off US 250 near Hundred on County 13.
Grave Creek Mound State Park
Moundsville, (304)843-1410, (800)CALL WVA
Constructed in 250-150 BC, this Adena burial mound is the largest conical earthen mound of its kind (69 feet high and 295 feet in diameter). Adjacent is the Delf Norona Museum and Cultural Center
Built in 1859 as a customhouse, post office and federal court, the Hall held the Second Wheeling Convention, which drew up West Virginia's Declaration of Independence. Until 1863, the building served as Capitol of the Restored Government of Virginia, loyal to the Union. The restored Hall is now a museum and is on the Civil War Discovery Trail.
Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum
Wheeling, (304)242-8133, (304)243-1896
Large collection of antique toy trains, trucks, aircraft, boats, soldiers, dolls, riding toys and more in a lovingly restored 1906 Victorian schoolhouse.
Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum
Furniture, glass, china, guns and pewter from 1740-1840 set in period rooms allow visitors to step back in time.
Old Main at Bethany College
Focal point of historic Bethany College campus, this outstanding example of Gothic architecture features a 122-foot tower. Completed in 1872.
Peter Tarr Iron Furnace
This restored furnace, built 1790-94, produced cannon balls used in the War of 1812.
Sistersville Historic District
Victorian buildings and homes signify the historic Ohio River community made famous by the oil and gas boom of the late 1800s. Of special importance are the Wells Inn, Sistersville City Hall, the E.A. Durham House and local churches.
Victorian Landmark Tours
Walking tours of some of America's best preserved Victorian homes are available April through December, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Tour begins at 810 Main Street.
Wellsburg Historic District
Wellsburg rivaled Wheeling in commercial river travel and warehousing in the early 19th century. The historic district includes the Brooke County Courthouse (1848), Drovers Inn (1848), Brooke Glass (est. 1879), Millers Tavern (1798), now the Brooke County Historical Society Museum, and Wellsburg Wharf (1790).
Built by Ephraim Wells during the West Virginia oil boom in 1894, this hotel stands as a nostalgic symbol of the city's colorful history. The elegantly-restored hotel offers fine dining and lodging.