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Kanawha County, West Virginia
25301, 25304, 25311, 25312, 25314
"The Capital City"
Chamber of Commerce.
The first white settlers to come to this area were Mary Ingles, her children and her sister-in-law, Betty Draper. They were living near Blacksburg, Virginia when they were captured by Shawnee Indians and taken to a place near Cincinnati. Ingles was able to escape and walked the 1,000 miles back to her home. The first permanent structure was Fort Lee, in 1788. The fort was built by Col. George Clendenin and a group of Virginia Rangers. It is said the Charleston was named for the father of Col George Clendenin, Charles.
The town of Charleston was official on December 19, 1794. There were 35 people living in town at that time. The area began to grow around 1800 when salt brine deposits were found along the Kanawha River. West Virginia was officially declared a state by President Abraham Lincoln on June 20, 1863. By the end of the Civil War, the fledgling government was being formed and struggling to come together effectively. The state capital wasn't set, moving between Charleston and Wheeling until voters gave the nod to Charleston in 1877 and eight years later, the first capitol building was opened. The present building was dedicated on 20 June 1932.
State Capitol Building
Tours are available Monday-Friday. The building is open to visitors Monday-Sunday. Please call 304-558-4839 or 800-CALL-WVA for details and hours of operation.
This building has the largest state capitol dome in the country. It was built in the Italian Renaissance style and was designed by Cass Gilbert. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. A number of historical statues are scattered throughout the grounds.
Avampato Discovery Museum at the Clay Center.
300 Leon Sullivan Way
Charleston, WV 25301
Interactive science exhibits, an art museum, and the ElectricSky (TM) Theater with large format films, laser shows and planetarium shows. Please call ahead for hours of operation.
800 Smith Street
Charleston, WV 25301
P.O. Box 175
2809 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25321
Take a step back in time!
Group tours are available by advance appointment.
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305
Call for reservations. 304-558-4839 Tours are available
This 30 room mansion, built in 1924, was designed by Walter F. Martens. It is in the Georgian colonial style with the first floor maintaining meeting and state rooms and the second floor serving as the private residence of the current governor. Designed by Charleston architect Walter F. Martens and constructed in 1924, the 30-room executive mansion is a traditional Georgian colonial structure with a hospitable, homelike, yet dignified air harmonizing perfectly with the other buildings in the Capitol Complex. The ground floor contains state rooms featuring exquisite antiques and fine detailing while the second floor serves as the governor's private residence. Tours are conducted on Thursday and Friday between 9:30 am-11:30 am.
Discover Art, Science, the Universe and Beyond
746 Myrtle Road
Charleston, West Virginia 25314
Phone: (304) 344-8035
Sunrise Museum features a Science Hall with over 30 hands-on, interactive science exhibits; an Art Museum displaying several traveling exhibitions throughout the year; and a Planetarium with shows exploring the wonders of the universe every weekend, year round. Our new web site is a great way to check out all of the current (and upcoming) exhibits, programs and events happening at Sunrise Museum. If you need additional information, or have any questions regarding Sunrise Museum, please contact me at (304) 344-8035 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0300
The Cultural Center showcases West Virginia's artistic, cultural and historical heritage. Spend hours visiting the three floors of the center. A Museum Shop with works of over 500 West Virginia artists, musicians and writers is available. Festivals and events are held throughout the year. Please call for details.
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