In 1769 the Zane brothers – Ebenezer, Jonathan and Silas – claimed their land grant by tomahawk right and established the settlement that was to become Wheeling. In its early years Wheeling played a prominent role as a strategic frontier outpost. The 1782 siege of Fort Henry is widely recognized as the last land battle of the Revolutionary War. A stronghold of Unionists during the Civil War, Wheeling is the birthplace of the only state born of that conflict.
Wheeling’s strategic location, access to resources and the ambition and skills of its workers and entrepreneurs fostered the city’s ascendance as an industrial and commercial powerhouse. Many of the architectural, cultural and social assets created in the 19th and 20th centuries remain, offering a remarkable array of resources for a city of 28,000 people. Today they are being leveraged as the city’s current renaissance takes hold. Wheeling 250 provides the opportunity to celebrate our “bright future and treasured heritage.”
On February 20, 2018 Mayor Glenn F. Elliott, Jr. and City Council appointed a committee of volunteers to develop plans to observe this milestone anniversary. The Wheeling 250 Committee is comprised of over 30 incredibly talented, diverse and passionate stakeholders, representing a broad spectrum of organizations and affiliations. You don’t have to be a committee member to provide a good suggestion for Wheeling 250 and it’s not too late to do so.
A yearlong calendar of events, programs and activities is aimed to attract the broadest and largest audience. We invite you to use this website as your gateway to Wheeling 250.
Article courtesy of Wheeling CVB.
Wheeling Celebrating 250 years