Originally used as a post office, this space is dedicated to an interpretive exhibit of statehood. The permanent exhibit, West Virginia: Born of the Civil War, features dramatic displays, audiovisual elements, and period artifacts to help tell the complex tale of the formation of West Virginia.
The second floor features the office of Governor Pierpont, the head of the restored government of Virginia when the region separated from Richmond. Additional space on that level is devoted to a permanent exhibit of twelve West Virginia Civil War battle flags and one captured Confederate battle flag. Other galleries on the second floor offer exhibits that recapture that period and include a drawing room reminiscent of life during the mid-1800s.
A federal courtroom, located on the third floor and restored to its original design, offers visitors the opportunity to move into the space where the first constitutional convention for West Virginia was held and where citizens of western Virginia decided to choose loyalty to the Union over secession. The office of Federal Judge John Jay Jackson, Jr. – The “iron judge” of West Virginia – is located in the back of the courtroom.
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West Virginia Independence Hall
1528 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Closed Sundays & Mondays
Admission is free to the public.