Monday, June 24, 2013


When we travel we are usually in a hurry, coming and going. Sightseeing is a luxury at best. In all the years we've traveled back east we have never stopped in Wheeling, West Virginia. Yet we have heard all the jokes about it. So this time we decided to explore the town. We originally were going to visit America's Taj Mahal the New Vrindaban Palace of Gold, known for it's lavish gardens, spectacular interior and architecture. But with the weather being so bad and it being located off the beaten path we decided to save that visit for another time. So we focused instead on seeing the Centre Market district.

It is an area full of eateries, arts and crafts, antiques and historic houses. (I found the cost of things to be pricey here, though.) Older than the state itself, the market was originally built in 1853 and has been in continuous operation since.
After a couple hours there... seeing all the vendors, including the famous, Coleman Fish Market... we waited for the weather to improve because we were getting antsy to go outside and explore the antique shops and historic houses.
Afterwards we then continued downtown to look for The Railroad Station, which was built in 1907 and stopped passenger service in 1961. It is now a community college.
We also wanted to find The Old Custom House which served as a Post Office and Federal Court back in the day.
And last but not least... we hoped to see a Vaudeville Theatre with live entertainment. It was established in 1904. And nowadays features drama, comedy, Blue Grass, Country and Barber Shop music.
Unfortunately, none of the above were open at the time, we happened past. But I had the chance to photograph them, so we can say we were there. The rest of the trip to Wheeling was spent looking at the rain pour from the car window.


RoeH said...

Ahh.. to live somewhere where there is rain occasionally. I got gas once in Wheeling. WhooHoo! Been through W. Virginia several times but haven't explored yet. These photos make me want to again.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That looks like a great place to visit with lots to do and see. Too bad the weather didn't cooperate for you. At least there was one place open and out of the weather for you to visit. Hope you can get back there on a nicer day sometime. One thing is for sure we can never count on the weather. Hope your are having a wonderful Monday!

Chatty Crone said...

It is raining everywhere!!! But it does look like a great place and you did not let it dampen your trip! sandie

jack69 said...

We have never stopped in Wheeling, this is a good entry. maybe one day we may be in the area and do some exploring ourselves.
I do know the frustration of wanting to see something (as you and the vaudeville show) and I am there at the wrong time.
Enjoyed the post.

Red Rose Alley said...

I just love old towns like this one. Every time I visit a town, I am automatically drawn to the old town. It looks like you had a nice day, despite the rain.

It is raining here today! A very rare ocassion for it to rain in a California summer.

I think my favorite picture was the one where you were looking at the rain from the car window.


linda eller said...

I enjoy the old towns, small towns, and the bldgs., shops, etc. Good pictures of Wheeling, W.Va.

Jon said...

That sounds like my kind of town - so many interesting places to absorb. And the rain adds to the charm.

It actually rained here in west TX a few nights ago. An extremely rare occurrence....

Lynda said...

Even with the weather, you looked like you had a good time and gave us lots to look at and consider for a possible future road trip.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Looks like a lot of interesting things to see there! Glad you had fun in spite of the rain.

Lucy said...

Great photos. Between you and Jack you are taking me for a trip I could not have. Thank you both.

Paula said...

Enjoyed the trip with you, wouldn't mind to have some of that rain here right now. We are melting today.

Hollie said...

I enjoyed your trip!!