TODAY in West Virginia History

  1. Thomas Bullitt surveyed his land claims in present-day Charleston

    May 24, 1775: Thomas Bullitt headed a team which surveyed his land claims in present-day Charleston. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha ...

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West Virginia celebrates its 150th year of statehood in 2013. The only state born from the turmoil of the Civil War today welcomes those looking for great outdoor adventure, scenic drives, unique culture and heritage, festivals, entertainment and fantastic food.

Celebrating 150 yearsWest Virginia statehood
The Civil War was one of the pivotal events in the history of the United States, one that determined once and for all the question of slavery and strengthened the role of the federal government. For Virginians, the 1861-1865 conflict was momentous for another event – the rending of Virginia into two parts, east and west, and the formation of a new state called "West Virginia."

Celebrate 150!Celebrate 150!
How does a state celebrate 150 years? Check out a list of all of the events being planned in every corner and panhandle of the state.

West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War CommissionJoin us in celebration!
Mark your calendars for West Virginia’s 150th Birthday Celebration.
June 20 – 23, 2013
State Capitol Grounds, Charleston, West Virginia
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A state born - A nation tornA state born … A nation torn
West Virginia was born from the conflict of the Civil War.  Explore the state’s riveting history and tumultuous birth, told through nine distinct regions throughout the state.

150 amazing things to do in the Mountain State150 amazing things to do
in the Mountain State

Here are the biggest and best attractions in West Virginia but also included are those off-the beaten-path spots that offer visitors a glimpse into the heart of the state and the soul of its people.

150 reasons to love WV State Parks150 reasons to love WV State Parks
Boasting 49 state parks, forests and wildlife management areas, West Virginia delivers unsurpassed recreational options along with a spectrum of lodging choices. Check out the 150 reasons to love the Mountain State’s diverse park system and all it has to offer!

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