Most People Don’t Know West Virginia Almost Became A State During The Revolutionary War
Most native West Virginians know a sure-fire way to get our blood boiling is when someone calls us “Virginia.” Failing to be aware of the “West” at the beginning of our state’s name is nearly an unforgivable misstep. But we graciously (and calmly) find a way to politely make a correction and then move on. But imagine if West Virginia had taken on an entirely different name – one that didn’t create so much confusion for outsiders. Imagine never having to correct anyone when they get it wrong; ever…
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Thing were a mess for quite a while back then. But in the end, although Vandalia and Westylvania never came to fruition, West Virginians (and all of those descendants of proposed Vandalians and Westylvanians still living in the region) eventually broke free and established a new state after all.
For more historical facts you may not know about the Mountain State, keep reading here!
Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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