Wheeling National Heritage Area

Wheeling Suspension Bridge
The Wheeling Suspension Bridge is a National Landmark and the oldest suspension bridge still in use

Wheeling National Heritage Area

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Wheeling, WV
As the birthplace of West Virginia and an early industrial hub along the Ohio River, Wheeling holds a unique place in American history. Its designation by Congress as a National Heritage Area provides an effective way to tell the stories of its rich cultural past and to conserve its natural and historic resources.
National Heritage Area

Since its inception in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) organization, Wheeling National Heritage Area has leveraged funding and expertise to play an integral role in shaping the city’s redevelopment.

Perhaps most notable, Wheeling National Heritage Area made key investments in the former Wheeling Stamping Co. building that became home to back-office operations of international law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a redevelopment recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Wheeling National Heritage Area is a partner in the revitalization of the landmark Capitol Theatre, home to Jamboree USA and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.

Wheeling National Heritage Area built the award-winning riverfront amphitheater, Heritage Port, and developed the Artisan Center, a renovated industrial building with a three-story atrium in the heart of downtown. The heritage area is spearheading a grassroots restoration of Mt. Wood Cemetery, West Virginia’s oldest extant cemetery. The Wheeling Heritage Trails and historic markers around the city help visitors and outdoor enthusiasts learn about the city and its notable past.

Wheeling National Heritage Area has created and managed initiatives that help small businesses thrive and connect homeowners with resources to stay in historic homes. Their 2016 merger with Reinvent Wheeling, the city’s Main Street program, added programs that focus on business development, city planning, public art and promotions.

Last updated: March 30, 2017