We are told the only constant in life is change. Most change in life is so subtle we rarely notice it, but the last few months have been so abrupt we can barely stand it. Whatever the future holds, know your favorite spots, your favorite activities here in Wheeling are waiting for you. That patio seat at Later Gator, it’s yours when you are ready. That fish sandwich at Coleman’s, it’s yours when you are ready. Oglebay is still picture-perfect, every single day. Oglebay is yours when you are ready. Wheeling is waiting. We will keep you posted. We will be here when you are ready.
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Visit Wheeling, WV
Wheeling has one of the largest per-capita collections of Grand Victorian architecture in the U.S., a large portion of it which can be found in North Wheeling! The Eckhart House offers a delightful gift shop on their first floor, and with a reservation, groups can request an authentic high tea, which is served in the parlor.
As you depart Old Town, be sure to notice the Wheeling Suspension Bridge (on your right as you head south on Main Street). At one thousand-one feet in length, this historic structure has served travelers for over 150 years as a means for westward travel. It is no wonder that Wheeling has always been considered “The Gateway to the West!”
Afterwards be sure to try lunch at one of downtown Wheeling’s unique local eateries, such as River City, Tacoholix or Vagabond Kitchen. In warmer weather, you can dine on the covered deck of the Metropolitan Citi Grill, or take your meal on the go and enjoy the newly renovated Market Street Plaza.
Wheeling is the only city in the country to have been the capitol of two different states during its history: The Newly Restored State of Virginia (Loyal to the Union), and West Virginia. Take a tour of the building known as the “Birthplace of West Virginia.” Independence Hall was Wheeling’s Federal building and Post Office at the time of the American Civil War, and its courtroom was used for the debates that established statehood. Completely restored and full of interesting artifacts from the era, including the authentic Civil War Flag Exhibit.
In 2004, Wheeling became home to the tenth Cabela’s Outdoor Outfitters store. This unique shopping experience is the focal point of The Highlands Shopping-Dining-Entertainment Complex. Since the construction of the anchor store, the surrounding area has blossomed into a retail/recreation destination which is unmatched in a 50+ mile radius. Shopping, dining, lodging, movies and more will surely meet the needs of every visitor.
For more than 90 years, Oglebay has provided a safe and sanitary environment for its guests and associates. Still today, through these unprecedented times, Oglebay remains committed to upholding the highest standards of cleanliness and safety.
In response to COVID-19, Oglebay has instituted a variety of new policies and procedures designed to protect the health and safety of its guests and associates. In accordance with best practices set forth by regional and national government officials and industry partners, Oglebay’s incredible team of associates is committed to delivering an outstanding experience by upholding the policies outlined below.
Oglebay is always in season. Check out the link below for fun, safe activities.
Welcome to Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, an eclectic mix of shops and quality dining. Built in 1853, it is older than the state itself. The upper market house, the oldest in the country, was originally an open air market. From a hub of commerce to a hub of culture a century later, Centre Market is a great destination for food, shopping, events, festivals, art, and exploration in the Upper Ohio Valley. All of our businesses are local and owned by members of our community.
Businesses at Centre Market have been working hard for their staff and customers safety. Below is a few that wanted to highlight their new practices.
Re’Decorate Consignment reopened, 5/21 from 11-3:00 at the Centre Market Location then in Moundsville on Monday, Memorial Day, from 10-2:00
They have floor decals regarding the 6’ social distancing, the shops are arranged so that customers can easily distance by entering in one side of the furniture and exiting out the other, they have always had hand sanitizer so that will continue. They have register plexiglass screens and there are both disposable and handmade cloth masks available for customers if they need to purchase any, all the proceeds from the masks will be donated to YSS. They also have signage for the COVID 5 preventative measures and Notice to stay home if any signs of illness.
RSQP made banners that are on the front of both shops letting people know that they don’t need to come out to shop, we offer 24/7 Online with no contact Consignment and Personal Shopping by Appointment outside of the public open hours.
Customers can visit our Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. We have reopened with shortened hours and extra precautions in place.
Our hours are currently 10:30 to 4:00 Tuesday through Saturday, and subject to change.We also have online shopping via www.vc-wares.com where customers can choose free porch delivery, curbside pickup, and shipping to fulfill their orders should they not yet feel comfortable shopping in person.
REStyle is operating Monday through Saturday 11am to 4pm daily. Please use the hand sanitizer upon entering the shop. It is located conveniently at the front door. They are asking kindly that masks be worn at all times and must be worn in the fitting rooms. There are currently no clothing drop offs unless you have an appointment and a limit of 4 people in store at one time, you may experience a wait outside. New items are being added daily. Visit them at Centre Market or check out their website as well. https://www.restylewheeling.com/
A letter from the President:
I hope that this correspondence finds you and your loved ones well. Upon the recommendation of state health officials, Oglebay Institute will not hold summer camps for the month of June. Some of the June camps will be canceled. Others are being moved to July or August.
We are heartbroken to announce this news; however, we believe it is in the best interest of our patrons, staff and community to do so. We will continue to assess the situation and provide updates in the coming weeks.
If you have a child who is already registered for a June camp, you may request a full refund, have us hold your registration fee to apply to the new camp date or another camp later in the summer (if it is deemed safe to proceed), or elect to designate those funds as a tax-deductible donation to help support Oglebay Institute during these difficult financial times. A representative from Oglebay Institute will be in touch soon to see how you wish to proceed. More information regarding canceled camps and new camps dates is available at www.OIonline.com/camps.
While our staff members continue to work remotely and our facilities remain temporarily closed, our team at Oglebay Institute remains busy planning for when we can re-open our doors and begin to safely deliver the quality art, theater, history, dance and nature programs for which we have been known for nearly 90 years. We believe that, perhaps now more than ever, our communities need the inspiration and connection that these programs offer. We are very excited about presenting two upcoming exhibits in the coming weeks– “Orchidelirium: The Scientific, Social and Sentimental Passion of Adelaide Stifel,” which is set to open at the Mansion Museum in early June and the annual “Crosscurrents” exhibit at the Stifel Fine Arts Center that is slated to begin June 25. Patrons will be able to enjoy “Crosscurrents” in person and through Facebook. Also, a new online art sales component will be available through the run of this exhibit. Artists who would like to be considered for “Crosscurrents” can apply online through May 31 via this link: https://oionline.com/stifel/crosscurrents/.
We can’t wait to be with you in person again. In the meantime, I hope that you are enjoying the online content that our program departments are sharing through our Facebook page. Please know that we are thinking of you and are available to answer any questions that you may have. We will continue to keep you posted about our plans and encourage you to follow our Facebook page and website for the most up-to-date information.
Many thanks for your patience, understanding and continued support! Wishing you good physical and mental health during this difficult time.
Contact Phone Numbers:
Schrader Environmental Education Center, 304-242-6855
Please visit their Calendar, for some great opportunities to get out and EXPLORE or visually visit.
West Virginia Independence Hall
West Virginia Independence Hall is currently open Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5pm
They are operating under the Guidelines mandated by Governor Jim Justice for Museums. Please see those guidelines here.
Wheeling Island Hotel Casino and Racetrack
Opening June 5
Please click here for guidelines
Wheeling/Ohio County Restaurants are currently operating with Curbside or Carry- out Service. Some have reopened and following state guidelines for outdoor dining and indoor as well. Please be cautious of the guidelines listed here and understanding to the staff as they work through this difficult time as well.