West Virginia has sixteen very beautiful and noteworthy historic landmarks, but some exceed the rest. Most are relatively new and have been created only in the last few decades. Each is a historic landmark for different reasons of varying importance. For example, Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church was designated in 1992 and was where the first Mother’s Day was celebrated. Where would you want to visit, and why? Here are a few of the best historic landmarks that West Virginia has to offer you and the family.
The Campbell Mansion was designated in 1994 as the home of Alexander Campbell, who founded and presided over Bethany College. At first glance it might not seem like such a big deal, but Campbell was an important person in Christian history. He helped form some congregations such as the Disciples of Christ and Churches of Christ. Campbell was also known for his involvement in the Restoration Movement from which those congregations were birthed. For those who would prefer just to view the scenery, there are a number of buildings and a cemetery on the grounds off Route 67 in town.
The Clover Site is important because it is home to a prehistoric Native American village. Because Native American tribes passed down stories and historically significant events orally, archaeology is one of the only ways we have to study their culture and way of life with much reliability. If history isn’t really your thing, then you’re probably reading the wrong list–but the Clover Site is also a great spot for nature viewing if you prefer.
Grave Creek Mound was designated much earlier in 1964, and is a 62 foot high conical burial mound. While this might creep you out, it really is a site to behold. Whether you live in West Virginia or you’re simply planning a trip there, this landmark is one you should not miss. The people who built it did so within the first couple centuries BC and were part of the Adena Culture.
Traveller’s Rest is sometimes better known as the General Horatio Gates Home, and is the site of some great (and rare) early American architecture by a man named John Ariss who lived from 1725 to 1799. General Horatio Gates purchased the land on which the home was to be built in 1772 and then proceeded to make big career moves in the local militia. He freed the slaves who resided with him in 1790 and escaped to New York City where he died in 1806.
The Alexander Wade House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. Wade, love him or hate him, is famous for the academic systems he promoted for rural students in the area. They involved advancement through exams and graduations and made a great impact on those growing up in the outlying regions. The home itself is beautiful as well.