The Eckhart House
Other historical sites abound on the nation’s first federal road. Nestled in Wheeling’s historic district, the three-story Eckhart House is filled with Victorian charm. In addition to public tours, the Eckhart House also offers a tea service complete with scones and Earl Grey tea. Once your visit at the Eckhart House is complete, drive through the rest of Wheeling’s Historic District and see many other grand homes built by wealthy bankers and industrialists. Both Wheeling and Wheeling Island have historic districts listed on the National Register for Historic Places.
Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum
Just a short drive from the Eckhart House, the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum is Wheeling's one of a kindhome to toys from many a bygone era! The museum, housed in an award-winning former Victorian schoolhouse, thrills visitors of all ages with a trip down memory lane and a lighthearted look at thousands of items from our childhoods. You can even take home some of the magic from their unique and family friendly giftshop! The Museum is alsothe site of several special events and toy related conventions throughout the year.
Built by shipping magnate Earl Oglebay, Oglebay Resort features a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course and a newer course designed by Arnold Palmer. During the winter months, Oglebay’s Festival of Lights is one of the region’s most highly anticipated events when the entire 1500-acre park is covered with holiday lights. For a night of fun and excitement, try your luck at Wheeling Island’s Racetrack & Gaming Center. With over 2000 slot machines, great promotions, and live greyhound racing, adults are guaranteed a night filled with entertainment.
West Virginia Independence Hall
After a night of winning big at Wheeling Island, head towards West Virginia Independence Hall and see where western Virginians broke away from Virginia during the Civil War to form their own state. This authentically restored building (now a National Historic Landmark) housed a post office, custom offices and a federal courtroom until 1907 and you and your family can learn all of this and more by viewing the museum's interactive exhibits and interpretive film.
While West Virginia may have the smallest share of the Historic National Road, with dozens of Victorian homes lining the road from one side of the Panhandle to the other, motorists and pedestrians can tell that this was no ordinary stretch of byway. Even today, almost 150 years after it was built, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge still impresses passersby. Yet this road is not just another byway, it was the hopes and dreams of an early nation and West Virginia has made certain that the Historic National Road and its lavish homes will be preserved so that its story can be told for generations.