THE MISSION OF THE FOUNDATION
The mission of the Foundation is to cooperate with the state of West Virginia to preserve, restore and maintain the site of the state’s birthplace and to provide a stable, permanent and secure archival environment for permanent exhibits reflecting the history of the state.
A SHARED VISION
The Foundation envisions a future in which all West Virginians will have knowledge of the state’s history, will value and respect that tradition and will support the preservation of that unique heritage.
THE HISTORY OF THE FOUNDATION
The Foundation was incorporated in 1964 for the express purpose of cooperating with the state of West Virginia to save one of the state’s most valuable treasures – the Wheeling Custom House where the state of West Virginia was formed – later to be renamed West Virginia Independence Hall. The goal of those first organizers was to ensure that future generations would have a visible reminder of the creation of the State of West Virginia. A passion for history motivated two local residents to begin a campaign early in the 1960s to save the building from its deteriorated state. Rabbi Martin Seigel and Delf Norona worked together to organize local residents with similar interests. A board of directors was formed and the Foundation’s work began in earnest. No one anticipated that this effort would span over twenty years but by 1980, the facility opened as a historic museum. The building was first listed on the National Register of Historic Places, later to be included in the National Register of Historic Landmarks. The Foundation has continued to serve as both a support and catalyst for the preservation of the state’s unique history.
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West Virginia Independence Hall
1528 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Closed Sundays & Mondays
Admission is free to the public.