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Charleston (West Virginia)

October 27, 2022

Charleston, a city clustered with landmarks, sits in a strategic spot. On one side, the beautiful rolling hills offer a natural ground for outdoor activities. On the other, rivers Elk and Kanawha confluence at the city’s location, providing a site for recreational activities.

Charleston Facts

  • Charleston is a riverfront city.
  • The city is home to the historic state Capitol.
  • Charleston is the most populous town in West Virginia. 
  • The city was renamed from Charles Town to Charleston in 1819.
  • Charleston began as a transshipment point.
  • The city lies in an area rich in resources, such as natural gas, petroleum, and salt. These resources played a big role in the Union’s interest in the city during the Civil War. 

Charleston Major Attractions

  • West Virginia State: This building houses offices such as the office of West Virginia’s Governor.
  • Live on the Levee-: This is a free summer concert in Charleston.
  • The Charleston Civic Center: This center comprises the West Virginia Children’s Theater, the Municipal Auditorium, and the Charleston Convention Center
  • Coonskin Park: This park features a swimming pool, tennis courts, a mini golf course, a driving range, a boathouse and a clubhouse. The park also houses Schoenbaum Soccer Field, home of the Virginia United soccer team. 
  • Cato Park: This is Charleston’s biggest municipal park. It features a golf course, picnic areas and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. 
  • Symphony Sunday: Every year since 1982, the first weekend in June is full of music, food and fun for the whole family as the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra offers free performances and fireworks.  

Charleston, the Capital of West Virginia, has most of its landmarks right around the State Capital. You will find a wide-ranging assortment of activities and events to explore in Charleston.


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