Should the Capitol be in Wheeling? Should the Capitol be in Charleston? Or should it be someplace else, altogether? For several years, that was the question in West Virginia. Finally, voters selected Charleston. And the Capitol, which moved three times between Wheeling and Charleston, finally settled down. Discover why the Capitol Building in downtown Charleston burned down in 1921. Check out photos of the six buildings that we’ve called our Capitol, and learn which ones are still around today.
As for our present-day Capitol, you can learn who designed it, and how it was built in phases. Listen closely to the audio-visual presentation and learn how many crystals are in the chandelier in the Capitol dome.
Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees