Renovating the Birthplace of WV's Statehood

The birthplace of West Virginia's statehood is getting a makeover.

Contractors have been renovating Independence Hall in Wheeling since last year. Travis Henline with the Division of Culture and History told The Intelligencer that restoration of damaged stone on the outside should be completed by mid-March.

Other improvements include plaster and painting repairs, updated windows, a new fire suppression system and conversion of the basement to a new theater and gallery space.

Built in 1859 as a customs house, Independence Hall served as the capitol of the Restored Government of Virginia after the western counties broke away from Virginia during the Civil War.

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