Whether you’re a history buff or you just want to learn more about the history of the Mountain State, West Virginia has plenty for you to do. While there are countless historic towns in the state, here are 7 towns in particular that you may want to check out.
1. Harpers Ferry
The historic district in Harpers Ferry has an intact town from the 19th century. The town played an important role in the Civil War. Harpers Ferry was the site of John Brown’s Raid, an attempt to start a slave revolt in 1859. Stonewall Jackson also made the town his base command during part of the Civil War.
2. Charles Town
Charles Town was founded by Charles Washington, brother to George Washington, in 1787. Charles Washington’s estate, Happy Retreat, was built in Charles Town in 1780. The town played an important part in the Civil War and was the place where John Brown was hanged for treason.
The town of Hinton was established in 1873 and named for John “Jack” Hinton, a prominent lawyer of Summers County. The downtown area of the town is on the National Register of Historic Places. The town is home to several museums including Veterans Memorial Museum, the Hinton Railroad Museum, and King's Civil War Museum.
The oldest town in the state, arguably. It was founded in 1762 by Colonial Virginia’s General Assembly.
The city of Buckhannon was established in 1816 and charted by the Virginia General Assembly in 1852. Because of its near-central location, the city was considered for the site of the state Capitol, but officials decided the river there was not wide enough to accommodate commerce. Its first courthouse was built in 1854.
Site of the first land battle of the Civil War in 1861. Every year the battle is reenacted during the town’s Blue and Gray Reunion.
Lewisburg is more that 230 years old and has many 18th and 19th century buildings, according to its website. Old structures have been converted to new uses.
These are just seven of the beautiful, historic places in West Virginia. What else would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments.