These 4 Historic Sights in the Northern Panhandle Will Surprise You

The Northern Panhandle is the northernmost section of West Virginia – nestled between Pennsylvania and Ohio. This travel region boasts the perfect blend of scenic beauty and city energy, which means this slice of Almost Heaven has something for everyone.

For a historic adventure where boredom stops and exploration begins, pay these historic sights a visit and learn more about what makes the Mountain State so special.

West Virginia Independence Hall

Wheeling, West Virginia

West Virginia Independence Hall, a National Historic Landmark and the birthplace of West Virginia, was originally built as a federal custom house in 1859. This is considered the birthplace of West Virginia because it was the site of a series of events leading up to the state’s creation in Wheeling. The building was restored with period-correct rooms and exhibitions which interpret the historic and architectural significance of the site. Enjoy a free tour of the building and learn about West Virginia’s roots.

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex

Moundsville, West Virginia

There are several burial mound sites across West Virginia, and that includes the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville. This is home to the largest and most famous of the burial mounds built by the Adena people, which measures 62 feet high and 240 feet in diameter. You can learn more about the mound and surrounding history at the Delf Norona Museum.

West Virginia State Penitentiary

Moundsville, West Virginia

Dubbed as one of the most haunted prisons in the United States, the West Virginia State Penitentiary has witnessed several riots, fires and over 100 executions. This Gothic-style prison was built in 1876 from locally quarried hand-cut sandstone. The prison offers guided day tours, public ghost hunts, private paranormal investigations, twilight tours, photography tours and “Thriller Thursday.” If you have the guts to take a tour, you may encounter the “Shadow Man,” a dark silhouette that haunts the grounds.

Fostoria Glass Museum

Moundsville, West Virginia

The Fostoria Glass Company operated for nearly a century until it closed its doors in 1986. The Fostoria Glass Museum has an impressive collection of beautiful Fostoria Glass in its two-story, ADA accessible museum. This glassware was only made in the United States from 1887 to 1986, making it all unique to West Virginia.

Still on a mission to uncover more Mountain State history? Do so with ease with the help of our free West Virginia Vacation Guide for more inspiration!

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