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  • State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
    State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
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  • State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
    State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
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  • State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
    State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
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    Statues on the Capitol Complex Grounds

    by mikelisaanna Written Jun 6, 2006

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    There are a number of interesting statues located around the grounds of West Virginia's state capitol complex. These include statues of Abraham Lincoln, who was President of the US when West Virginia gained independence from Virginia, and Stonewall Jackson, the Confederate Civil War general, who was born in the area. Other statues include a mountaineer and a coal miner, two iconic symbols of West Virginia's citizens.

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    East End Historic District

    by mikelisaanna Written Jun 5, 2006

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    Homes in the East End Historical District

    The East End Historic District is a pleasant residential neighborhood full of older Victorian-style homes and leafy streets. It is adjacent to the state capitol complex, and is a nice area through which to take a stroll on a summer evening, particulalrly along Virginia and Quarrier streets.

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    The Vandalia Gathering

    by mikelisaanna Written Jun 5, 2006

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    The Vandalia Gathering is an annual 3-day cultural festival that is held in Charleston in late may over Memorial Day weekend. It features lots of mountain/bluegrass music and other native folk music, along with local crafts and folk dancing. Stages and booths are spread out throughout the state capital complex, with larger concerts every night in the State Theatre. The music events range from instrument-playing competitions (fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc.) to formal concerts to informal jams that seemed to constantly be springing up wherver there was some shade. Crafts on display included quilts, hand-blown glassware, pottery, hand-mad instruments, and jewelry.

    For children, they have hands-on crafts exhibits, as well as a tent where children can try to play the various instruments. There is also plenty of food, water, and soft drinks, which are sold in tents throughout the event that raise money for local non-profit organizations.

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    Going to the Circus

    by butterflykizzez04 Written May 13, 2006

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    Tayler, Cullen & Noel (dau.) at the Circus 2006
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    We love to go to the Circus when it comes to town each year. It comes to the Charleston Civic Center which is located across the street from the Charleston Town Center Mall. They have a parade from the Stockyard Train Station to the Civic Center, and they have the annual Elephant Bubble Wash where the kids get to blow bubbles while the firemen spray them down. It is alot of fun...and the kids enjoy it.

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    Galaxy Bowling in Charleston...lots of FUN

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Noel (dau) bowling at the Galaxy Alley
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    Galaxy Bowling is alot of fun in Charleston. Located in Kanawha City a suberb of Charleston, located across the river from Charleston.

    If you go on the weekend after 9pm they will turn off the lights and turn on the lazer lighting. It is alot of fun for the children..It is a little expensive though. It cost $3.75 per game per person and the shoe rental is $2.00 per pair per person. So if you have several people going and bowl more than one game, it can add up.

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    Annual HUNT SHOW at the Charleston Civic Center

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Every February or March in Charleston at the Civic Center, they sponsor a HUNT SHOW..which has bunches of dealers and reps displaying Hunting and Fishing supplies.
    You walk around and see what they are offering to sell or demonstrate.

    You fill out slips of paper and try to win things. They give you pencils, hats, pens, brochures, etc and it is a fun way to spend the afternoon or a few hours. It cost about $5 or so and usually the kids are totally FREE!!!

    This year they had the WEST VIRGINIA MOTORCYCLE on display..it is beautiful !!!!

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    Charleston Moose

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Charleston Moose

    I am a member of the FRATERNAL ORDER OF THE MOOSE..and we have an awesome MOOSE in Charleston.

    It is two stories, and we have a huge dancing floor on both levels. We also have great dinners and family parties that we can include the children.

    I love to go there on friday and saturday nights to dance my cares away...they have a wonderful DJ and play some great dance music..The drinks are discounted and ample.

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    Going Shopping!!!

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Charleston Town Center Mall built in 1982

    The Charleston Town Center Mall is located downtown only a block from I-64 and I-77..It is located beside the Civic Center and the Charleston Marriott Hotel. It is at a great location.
    It cost $1.50 to park at the mall parking building "ALL DAY"..

    There are alot of great shops and lots of great eateries.
    Taco Bell, Subway, Sbarro's Pizza, Steak Escape, a few chinese and japanese restaurants, Grazianno's Pizza and a Taste of Crete (greek food)

    If you get a chance to go...you should..lots of fun to shop and people watch!!!

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    Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 15, 2005

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    Jackson Statue

    I was surprised to learn that this statue was the first to be erected on the West Virginia Capitol grounds, in 1910, especially since West Virginia broke off from Virginia during the Civil War and remained with the Union, after Virginia seceded with the Confererate States. A famous Confederate general in the War Between the States, Jackson was born in Clarksburg, and grew up at Jackson's Mill, Lewis County, in what is today part of West Virginia.

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy commissioned Moses Ezekiel, then working in Italy, to design the bronze statue to honor soldiers from western Virginia who fought for the Confederacy. The statue was first erected on the old Capitol gounds, located downtown, then moved to the new Capitol in 1921. An identical copy of Ezekiel's "Jackson" stands on the parade grounds of Ezekiel's alma mater, the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

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    West Virginia Coal Miner

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 15, 2005

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    West Virginia Coal Miner

    Dedicated on Dec. 4, 2002, this is the newest statue on the West Virginia State Capitol grounds, and perhaps the one that best symbolizes this great state. The inscription reads:

    The West Virginia Coal Miner

    In honor and in recognition of the
    men and women who have devoted a career,
    some a lifetime, towards providing the state,
    nation, and world with low-cost
    reliable household and industrial energy ...
    Let it be said that "Coal" is the fuel that
    helped build the greatest country on earth,
    has protected and preserved our freedom
    and has enhanced our quality of life.

    God Bless the West Virginia Coal Miner!

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    House and Senate Chambers

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    West Virginia House of Delegates Chamber

    At the west end of the corridor in the State Capitol building is the Senate or Upper House, and at the east end is the House of Delegates, or Lower House. Although the two chambers are similarly arranged, there are some symbolic differences, alluding to the rank of the lawmaking bodies.

    For example, the ceiling of the Senate is domed while the ceiling in the House is flat. Carved eagles in the Senate have spread wings while the wings of the eagles in the House are closed.

    Both houses have three galleries where visitors may observe the lawmakers at work. I have sat in such galleries in many capitol buildings, both in the United States and in Canada, and have always found the politics and posturing of the proceedings very interesting, even when the subject matter was of little importance to me. Unfortunately, the legislature was not in session on the day of my visit to Charleston.

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    West Virginia Governor's Mansion

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    The Governor's Mansion

    This stately Executive Mansion overlooks the Kanawha River and is home to the Governor and First Family of West Virginia. It is a 30-room Georgian Revival structure, designed by Charleston architect, Walter F. Martens and completed in 1925.

    The first floor state rooms are open to the public by guided tour, which includes the reception hall, living room, library, state dining room and ballroom. Tours are available by reservation only; reservations may be made in the Capitol Rotunda, or by calling the number listed below.

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    Union Soldier Memorial

    by Stephen-KarenConn Written Jul 13, 2005

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    Union Soldier Memorial

    This Union Soldier statue was commissioned by the state's Soldier's and Sailors Memorial Commission in 1927 as a memorial to the 32,000 West Virginians who fought for the Union during the War Between the States, 1861-1864.

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    Liberty Bell

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    Charleston's Liberty Bell

    This Liberty Bell is identical in size and tone to the original Liberty Bell at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of 53 cast in France and given to the United States Government. It was presented to the state of West Virginia in commemoration of a 1950 U.S. Savings Bond drive.

    The bell is rung on special occasions such as the Martin Luther King Day Celebration.

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    West Virginia Veteran's Memorial

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    West Virginia Veterans Memorial

    This memorial, designed by P. Joseph Mullins, was dedicated on November 11, 1995, to honor the 10,174 West Virginian's who have given their lives in service to their country. These include the following West Virginia war casualties:
    World War One 1,996
    World War Two 6,341
    Korean War 954
    Vietnam War 874

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