Wheeling, West Virginia was at one time the capitol of the state. The area was the center of the statehood movement when West Virginia separated from the state of Virginia during the Civil War. The city’s role in that historic movement, as well as its dramatic natural setting on the Ohio River, is recognized and preserved through Wheeling National Heritage Area.
Set along the Ohio River, visitors to the Wheeling National Heritage Area can walk across the country’s oldest vehicular suspension bridge, visit the historic market, and view preserved architecture from throughout the city’s history.
If You Go
Visitors who collect national park passport stamps can stamp their passports at the Wheeling Visitor Center and the Wheeling Artisan Center.