If moving here, enroll at this high school
Wheeling Central Catholic high school is located in Wheeling. It has approx 450 students and is State known in WV for its academic excellence and its championships sports teams. visit
www.themaroonknights.com to see more.
Grave Creek Mound Historic Site
It's been a long time since I visited teh Grave Creek Mound. 'Grave Creek Mound is one of the largest conical mounds constructed during the late Adena Period. Construction took place in successive stages from about 250-150 B.C. The mound and museum are open year round, seven days a week. A small admission fee helps maintain the site."
801 Jefferson Avenue
Moundsville, WV 26041
W h e e l i n g
If you appreciate the nostalgic and unusual, you may like Wheeling West Virginia's rustic, colonial, mysteriousness. It is always pleasing to find a city where the classic architecture out numbers the boring corporate strip malls that seem to be everywhere these days.
The area also has a nice art community and is actually the birthplace of Hollywood glam gal Joyce DeWitt aka Janet Wood !
If you are not far it is a great place to take a Sunday drive to and walk along the Ohio River. The people here seem very friendly.
Statehood Day Celebration
"June 1993 - 130 years of Statehood"
The example of West Virginia shows that it is conceivable for a portion of one state to break away and become its own state - at least in theory. (Though whether it would ever again be allowed to happen is highly questionable.) It was during the Civil War - that deep unpleasantness between the States - that the western and northern counties of Virginia expressed their deep grievances with their Confederate brothers east of the mountains by declaring themselves free of Richmond's yoke. West Virginia statehood was declared here in Wheeling, and every year in June there is a celebration of this conscious act of self-creation. Historical re-enactments can be fun.
Incidentally, the suspension bridge in Wheeling was one of the wonders of America when it was opened in 1849. It helped to guarantee Wheeling's place on the National Road, and remained the longest suspension bridge in the US until John Roebling's bridge in Cincinnati was opened in 1867.
"Statehood Day Speeches"
"Independence Hall" was originally constructed as a Federal Office building in the 1850s, but it became the headquarters of the "Restored Government of Virginia" from 1861 to 1863, and the first capital of the new state of West Virginia in 1863. It has been well-preserved over the years and is now an interesting museum dedicated to West Virginia history and the Civil War in these parts.
Don't forget the ladies!