This weekend marks 152 years since the Mountain State broke away from Virginia to become its own state. It all started right here in the Friendly City, the first capital of West Virginia.
The West Virginia Independence Hall is throwing West Virginia a birthday party this weekend.
This year they’ll be celebrating in conjunction with Wheeling’s Art Fest so there’ll be a little something for everyone. There will be the unveiling of the Francis Pierpont Statue, the replica of the Wheeling Ambulance from the Civil War, heritage dancers showing off the moves of that era and even having some birthday cake.
“Were it not for the actions of the people who came together here, formed this government and then created a new state and Wheeling gave them the place, the safe haven that they needed to do those things,” West Virginia Independence Hall Site Manager Travis Henline said. “Without Wheeling there would be no West Virginia.”
The festivities kick off this Saturday at 12 p.m. with the dedication of the Francis Pierpont Statue, which will take place on the center stage of the Arts Fest. The statue is being shipped from Montana and is currently on the last leg of its journey before installation begins on Friday.