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Mountain State turns a ripe old 155 today: It’s West Virginia Day


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

A statue of Francis H. Pierpont, who served as governor of the Restored Government of Virginia, welcomes visitors to West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling. Today is West Virginia Day, commemorating the day the Mountain State officially became a state.
(The Intelligencer photo by Joselyn King)

WHEELING, W.Va. — The Mountain State’s 155th birthday is being celebrated today at its birthplace — West Virginia Independence Hall — and at other locations in the region.

The hall, located at the corner of 16th and Market streets, was the site of an 1861 convention that led to the formation of the Restored Government of Virginia. Subsequent meetings held in the building, then functioning as the U.S. Custom House, gave birth to the new state of West Virginia. At the midpoint of the Civil War, West Virginia officially became the 35th state in the Union on June 20, 1863.

To mark Statehood Day, West Virginia Independence Hall is scheduled to have a “visit”from Abraham Lincoln at noon today. John W. King, who portrays Lincoln, will read the proclamation that admitted West Virginia into the Union.

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