West Virginia State Museum Education

The "West Virginia Shaw"

State Symbols

The State Tartan


On March 6, 2008, the Legislature adopted House Concurrent Resolution No. 29, declaring the West Virginia shawl as the official State Tartan. These woolen plaid cloths were originally worn to differentiate between Scottish clans and families. Many Americans can claim Celtic roots and, as a result, more than 20 other states have adopted official State Tartans.

According to the resolution, the majority of West Virginia’s earliest settlers were of Celtic descent. The pattern for the West Virginia shawl is based on a previously undiscovered shawl found at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Barboursville. The official State Tartan is based on this design and contains the following colors, each representing a different aspect of the state:

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House Concurrent Resolution No. 29 "West Virginia Shaw" Information