Historically interesting places
Harpers Ferry Historical Park
The Harpers Ferry Historical Park comprises parts of the city of Harpers Ferry,
which is located in the far northeast of West Virginia at the confluence of the
Shenandoah River and the Potomac River. In 1944 the Harpers Ferry Historical
Park was founded, but still with the title National Monument. However, since
1963 it has been named Harpers Ferry Historical Park. The Harpers Ferry
Historical Park, which is a mixture of historical, cultural and natural
attractions, covers an area of almost 15 kmē. The historic town of Harpers
Ferry was the starting point for an uprising by former slaves against slavery in
1859. A raid and conquest of the local arsenal led to the subsequent attack and
killing of the insurgents by the army under Robert Lee.
Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville
The Grave Creek Mound in the city of Moundsville is a burial mound of the Adena
culture. The burial mound was probably built between 250 and 150 BC. created.
With a diameter of 73 m and a height of 19 m, the Grave Creek Mound is one of
the largest conical burial mounds in the USA. The first investigation of the
burial mound dates back to 1838. There has also been a museum here since 1978,
the Delf Norona Museum, which has over 450,000 artifacts. Grave Creek Mound has
been on the list of National Historic Landmarks since 1964. The Criel Mound in
the city of Charleston is also recommended.
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||801 Jefferson Avenue
Moundsville, West Virginia 26041
Watters Smith Memorial State Park at Lost Creek
The Watters Smith Memorial State Park near Lost Creek is a historically oriented
state park. The former farm of the settler Watter Smith, which was built at the
end of the 18th century, is preserved here on an area of 2.15 kmē. In addition
to the historical buildings, there is also a museum. The State Park was founded
Special buildings and structures
West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston
The West Virginia State Capitol in the city of Charleston is the seat of the
government of the state of West Virginia. Today's State Capitol was inaugurated
in 1932 after a construction period of 7 years. It is the 3rd State Capitol. The
State Capitol's architectural style is based on most other State Capitols and
has style influences of the New Georgian architecture as well as the influences
of the Neo-Renaissance. There are several statues on the State Capitol grounds,
for example by Abraham Licoln and Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson. The
Capitol Rotunda is 89 m high, making the State Capitol the tallest building in
West Virginia and 1.5 m higher than the Capitol in Washington. The copper dome
is also covered with gold leaf.
||1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling
The West Virginia Independence Hall in the city of Wheeling is the
birthplace of the state of West Virginia. In the Renaissance-style building
built in 1860, the Wheeling Convention met in 1861 and the West Virginia
Constitutional Convention in 1863. The actual intended use of the building was
that of a customs house. West Virginia Independence Hall has been on the list of
National Historic Landmarks since 1988.
||1528 Market Street
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
New River Gorge Bridge at
The New River Gorge Bridge near the city of Fayetteville is a 924 m
steel arch bridge. The bridge was built from 1974 to 1977. From 1977 to 2000,
the New River Gorge Bridge was the longest arch bridge in the world. The arch
span of the bridge is 518 m and the height of the bridge is 267 m. This made the
bridge very popular with base jumpers, but jumps off the bridge have been banned
since a death in 1993. So far there have been 3 deaths. The bridge spans the New
River and leads US Route 19 across the river. The bridge is part of the New
River Gorge National River and there is a visitor center with a viewing platform
at the north end of the bridge. Every third Saturday in October the bridge is
closed to traffic and Fayette County's "Bridge Day" takes place
Dents Run Covered Bridge near
The Dents Run Covered Bridge is a historic, still used wooden bridge
from 1889 near the city of Morgantown. The bridge is a covered bridge (a bridge
with a roof). In the United States, covered bridges are folkloric symbols. There
are still around 1,000 covered bridges in the United States, from more than
14,000 in the past. The bridge spans the Dents Run River for a length of 12 m.
The Dents Run Covered Bridge has been on the list of Historic Places since 1981.
Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge
The Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge near the city of Charleston is a covered
bridge (a roofed bridge) built in 1889. In the United States, covered bridges
are folkloric symbols. There are still around 1,000 covered bridges in the
United States, from more than 14,000 in the past. The approx. 30 m long wooden
Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge was initially no longer used after the construction
of a more modern bridge, but was later moved to a different location and
completely restored. Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge has been on the list of Historic
Places since 1981.
West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville
The West Virginia State Penitentiary in the city of Moundsville is a historic
penitentiary built between 1867 and 1876. The West Virginia State Penitentiary
was in operation from 1876 to 1995. The building is built in the Gothic Revival
style and is partly reminiscent of a European castle. Nowadays you can take part
in guided tours. Some of these tours are aimed at people who are looking for
paranormal activities. The West Virginia State Penitentiary has been on the list
of National Historic Places since 1996.
||818 Jefferson Avenue
Moundsville, West Virginia 26041