WHEELING, W. Va - It's been 155 years since the Mountain State was created back in 1863, and celebrations took place all across the state on Wednesday.
One of those birthday parties took place at the very location West Virginia was founded, right at Independence Hall in Downtown Wheeling.
There were other celebrations that took place across the Northern Panhandle. One of them down in Moundsville at the Grave Creek Mound.
Wednesday afternoon, Independence Hall was filled with many people and fun activities for every one to enjoy. The proclamation that made West Virginia a state was read by Abraham Lincoln. They also had cake, punch, and you could sign West Virginia's birthday card.
Debbie Jones is the site manager of Independence Hall, and she says, "Where else in the state can you have the birthplace of West Virginia in your own back yard? Come down anytime and check out West Virginia Independence Hall. We'll guarantee that you might learn a little history, but you'll enjoy this."
If you want to check out the museum, they're open Tuesdays through Saturday from 9 AM till 5 PM, and admission is always free.