Early industries important to Charleston included salt, discovered along the Kanawha River in 1806, as well as coal—which became central to economic prosperity in the city and the surrounding area. Charleston became the seat for state government in 1877, when citizens voted on the final location of their capital. The West Virginia State Capitol, with its magnificent gold dome, was built in 1925.
When finding yourself thirsty in Charleston, West Virginia—Celsius has you covered with their extensive selection of signature, handcrafted cocktails.
3. THE ART
With bountiful art galleries and shops, the Downtown Charleston ArtWalk is a free self-guided walking tour of Charleston’s shops, galleries and businesses featuring regional art and performances. Held the 3rd Thursday of each month from 5-8pm, participating shops are located along Quarrier, Capitol and Lee Streets.
4. THE HIKING
The 9,300-acre Kanawha State Forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower and bird populations. Rich cove forest sites provide nesting habitat for the many species of wood warblers—drawing birders from as far away as Canada.
5. THE ARCHITECTURE
Charleston, West Virginia is home to many splendid examples of pre-American Civil War homes, such as the circa 1834 Craik-Patton House (above), as well as the Holly Grove Mansion, built in 1815 and holding title to the oldest home in Charleston.