Discover Historic Landmarks In West Virginia
In 1861, Virginians in the northwestern part of the state defied
Virginia's secession from the United States. The region
chose to remain in the Union and form a new state. West Virginia
was admitted into the Union in 1863, after conditions requiring
the gradual emancipation of slaves had been met.
The state motto is "Mountaineers are always free," and West
Virginia lives up to its nickname of the "Mountain State." With
an average altitude of 1,500 feet above sea level, it's the
highest of any state east of the Mississippi River.
For a long time, West Virginia was a leading producer of coal in
North America, but many people left to pursue better employment
opportunities. That trend has turned around, and now the state's
economy is in a more stable condition.
The capital is Charleston, and the state flower is the big
National Historic Landmarks in West Virginia
ANDREWS METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD MARTINSBURG
DAVIS AND ELKINS
ELKINS COAL AND COKE
COMPANY HISTORIC DISTRICT
GRAVE CREEK MOUND
OLD MAIN, BETHANY
REBER RADIO TELESCOPE