WHEELING, W.Va. – West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling will celebrate West Virginia’s 160th birthday on Tuesday, June 20, 2023. Guests can enjoy birthday cake and refreshments, a photo booth and sign the birthday card to commemorate the day. All activities are free and open to the public.

The celebration will begin at noon with John W. King, a first-person portrayer of Abraham Lincoln, who will read Proclamation 100 – Admitting West Virginia into the Union followed by photos with ‘Lincoln.’ In 2013, King won the “Lincoln Look-Alike Contest” at the Shriver House Museum in Gettysburg, Penn. For the past 25 years, he has been telling the story of the 16th president during great conflict.

For more information about West Virginia Day activities at WVIH, contact Debbie Jones, site manager, at (304) 238-1300 or Deborah.J.Jones@wv.gov.