Our nation forever changed due to what originated along this old, 16-mile stretch now called the Historic
National Road. In 1863, West Virginia developed into a new state - the only state to successfully break off
from another. At Mt. Wood Overlook, the highest point along the route, let your eyes sweep over views both east
and west of the route, or walk through historic districts and see how life was a century ago.
There are many historic buildings interspersed along the route, and stopping by the Wheeling Visitor Center
will give you a brief history of Wheeling, as well as suggestions for where to visit, such as the West Virginia
Independence Hall where the Restored Government of Virginia was established. For entertainment and history in
one setting, be sure to stop by the Capitol Music Hall, established in 1933 and now home to Jamboree U.S.A. and
the Wheeling Symphony. The Byway also boasts many impressive museums and art galleries, such as the Kruger
Street Toy and Train Museum, where the annual Marx Toy Convention is held.
Visitors and residents alike will enjoy the m