Renovating the Birthplace of WV’s Statehood

The birthplace of West Virginia’s statehood is getting a makeover.
Contractors have been renovating Independence Hall in Wheeling since last year. Travis Henline with the Division of Culture and History told The Intelligencer that restoration of damaged stone on the outside should be completed by mid-March.
Other improvements include plaster and painting repairs, updated windows, a new [...]

“Stonewall” Jackson house seen as boosting tourism

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was a general during the Civil War and arguably one of the most well-known Confederate commanders behind Robert E. Lee.
He was also born right here in Clarksburg.
Some city and county officials have claimed that building a “Stonewall” Jackson replica house would promote tourism within the city of Clarksburg.
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Archives to showcase Civil War items

Rare documents, photos, letters, pamphlets and books, most of them dealing with West Virginia’s role in the Civil War, will be on public display during “A Gathering Storm,” the second annual West Virginia Archives and History Showcase, which starts at 7 p.m. Monday.
“We see this as a good time for the people of West Virginia [...]

Harpers Ferry to kick off holiday events today

History will come alive this weekend in Harpers Ferry, as two unique traditions will look to attract tourists and local residents interested in Civil War-era holiday celebrations.
Starting things off will be the 40th annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas, which begins with a reception on Shenandoah Street at 6 p.m. today. The opening ceremony starts [...]

Visitors bureau unveils county guide cover

The Greater Parkersburg Convention & Visitors Bureau unveiled the cover design for the 2011 Wood County Visitors Guide at a meeting Thursday with the Wood County Commission.
The new cover features local Civil War re-enactors firing off the cannon.
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Civil War trail signage available in Morgan Co.

The West Virginia Division of Tourism is developing Civil War Trails in the Eastern Panhandle and is looking for Morgan County’s support.
At Thursday’s Morgan County Commission meeting, marketing specialist Justin Gaull said the state tourism department will provide Civil War markers throughout the county. Each marker would cost $200 a year for maintenance and marketing.
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Gallery: Civil War Days flashback

The 21st annual Guyandotte Civil War Days, “Thunder in the Village,” rumbles into the historic Huntington neighborhood this weekend with a full slate of events. Here’s a look back at some of the action from last year.
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Guyandotte Civil War Days kicks off Nov. 3

The 21st annual Guyandotte Civil War Days: Thunder in the Village gets started on Wednesday, Nov. 3, with the annual lecture series.
Famed re-enactor and living historian Al Stone, of Hinton, W.Va., will be at the First Guyandotte Baptist Church, 219 Richmond St., at 7 p.m. portraying Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Refreshments will be served.
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Time to set record straight on Confederate Flag ban

At least I know you’re reading.
Last week, I tackled a somewhat sensitive issue in this area of the nation, the use of the Confederate flag. The point was that the flag should be banned by West Virginia University and its employees.
Putting it lightly, some people disagreed.
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Lecture to examine Civil War loyalties

Why did some Appalachian communities support the Confederate cause while others remained loyal to the Union?
That’s one topic to be covered during a Tuesday lecture at the Culture Center by Auburn University history professor and Civil War author Kenneth W. Noe.
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