CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Six thousand people, from 40 states and two Canadian provinces, came to Charleston last August for the Antiques Roadshow and their visits had a $1.5 million impact on the local economy, said Scott Finn, executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
Those people brought their antiques to the Charleston Civic Center to have them appraised, and possibly filmed for use on the popular TV show.
“There were some really unusual items appraised, including an old landscape painting of Charleston,” Finn said.
That painting, by the German artist Edward Beyer, was appraised to be worth $250,000. It shows Charleston in 1854, before the Civil War and before West Virginia became a state in 1863.
The 12-time Emmy Award-nominated reality show is produced for PBS by WGBH in Boston. The show chose Charleston as its final destination in its eight-city summer tour last year.
Charleston was Antiques Roadshow’s final stop of its 19th season.
Episodes from the show’s visit to Charleston will air on three consecutive Mondays, beginning tonight…