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Barrackville Covered Bridge

Barrackville Covered Bridge
Barrackville, Marion County, West Virginia, 26452
Built in 1853 by Eli and Lemuel Chenoweth, well-known bridge builders of the time, the 148 feet span is now closed to motor traffic. It was restored in 1999.

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle
Berkely Springs (Bath), Morgan County, West Virginia, 25411
The 13 room cottage was built by Samuel Taylor Suit, the manufacturer of a popular whiskey. Begun in 1885, the "castle" became the local venue for galas and other events of the social elite.

Fairfax Stone Historical Monument

Fairfax Stone Historical Monument
Davis, West Virginia
The Fairfax Stone was a surveyor's marker placed to settle a boundary dispute and to determine the proprietorship and boundaries of a large tract of largely unsurveyed land in the colonies of Maryland and Virginia during the Survey of 1736/37.

Homer Laughlin China Company

Homer Laughlin China Company
Newell, Hancock County, West Virginia, 26050
Initially began as Laughlin Pottery in East Liverpool, Ohio, the company was started in 1871 by brothers Shakespeare and Homer Laughlin. By the late 1920s all production was centered at the West Virginia factory and the Ohio site was abandoned.

Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy

Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy
Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia, 26003
Founded in 1848, Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy is a private Catholic school. Grades seven through twelve are all female and the Montessori and Elementary schools are co-ed. The school has announced that it will cease operations on May 31, 2008.

West Virginia State Capitol

West Virginia State Capitol
Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, 25305
The WV Capitol took eight years to complete. It was constructed in three stages. The west wing was built in 1924-25; the east wing was constructed in 1926-27; and the rotunda connecting the wings was completed in 1930-32.

West Virginia State Penitentiary

West Virginia State Penitentiary
Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, 26041
This gothic structure operated as a penitentiary from 1876 to 1995. Courts ruled that the 5 x 7-foot (2.1 m) cells were cruel and unusual punishment and the prison was closed. The site is now maintained as a tourist attraction and training facility.

World's Largest Teapot

World's Largest Teapot
Chester, Hancock County, West Virginia, 26034
Originally a giant Hires Root Beer barrel, the landmark was brought to Chester in 1938 and converted to a teapot. At the time, Chester and the surrounding communities were home to the largest pottery industry in the world.

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Top 10 Most Popular West Virginia Landmarks

  1. Berkeley Castle
  2. World's Largest Teapot
  3. West Virginia State Penitentiary
  4. Fairfax Stone Historical Monument
  5. Homer Laughlin China Company
  6. West Virginia State Capitol
  7. Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy
  8. Barrackville Covered Bridge
  9. Hancock County Historical Museum (Marshall House)
  10. Big Bend Tunnel

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