Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Old Custom House
Erected 1981 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 40° 3.837′ N, 80° 43.316′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker is at the intersection of 16th Street (West Virginia Route 2) and Market Street, on the right when traveling west on 16th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. B & O Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Baltimore and Ohio Passenger Station (a few steps from this marker); The Athenaeum (a few steps from this marker); The First Campaign (within shouting distance Independence Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); First State Capitol (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis and Clark (about 800 feet away); Walter Reuther (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
Regarding Old Custom House. During the Civil War years, immediately after the state of Virginia seceded from the Union, the "Old Custom House" became the center of activity for West Virginia statehood. It was here that a convention of loyal citizens from the western counties of Virginia was held, and the end result was that a Restored Government of Virginia was created. Later, a Constitutional Convention was held in the "Old Custom House" that eventually resulted in West Virginia statehood and the "Old Custom House" also being known as, "Independence Hall."
Also see . . .
1. Custom House, Wheeling. This is a link to information provided by the West Virginia Archives & History. (Submitted on August 18, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Custom House Marks 150 Years, Historian Honored. This is a link (Submitted on August 18, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. West Virginia Independence Hall. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on August 18, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 884 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 18, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.