Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

West Virginia State Capitol Building

Capitol Rotunda. The chandelier is 180' above the floor, 8' in dia.,...

Senate Chambers

Dome and chandelier in the Senate Chambers. This one only weighs 1,500...

House Chambers

View from top of Capitol steps looking south toward the Kanawha River.

View of south side of Capitol from near the Kanawha River.

Beautiful gold dome.

Fred Torrey statue of Abraham Lincoln, "Lincoln Walks at Midnight".

West Virginia has an interesting history.

University of Charleston across the river from the Capitol.

Most of the trees in Charleston are still green but there are...

A statue of Stonewall Jackson is also displayed prominently on the Capitol...




There must be hundreds of these squirrels on the grounds gathering nuts...

Booker T. Washington was born on a tobacco plantation near here.

The state's motto "Montani Semper Liberi", ("Mountaineers are Always Free")

Beautiful Veterans Memorial honoring those who served in WW-I, WW-II, Korea, and...


Our second stop today.

Pond on the grounds.

Display room and store. We intended to take a tour of the...

Samples of stained glass windows on display.



Nice cowboy hat but it probably has very little UV protection.

(Ron Writing) It was 29° early this morning but the sky was clear and it warmed up nicely by late morning. We drove to downtown Charleston to tour the West Virginia State Capitol Building. The capitol complex has several buildings in a park-like setting called the Capitol complex. Our timing wasn’t good to take one of the guided tours so we took a self-guided tour. We’ve visited several state capitol buildings and each is unique and interesting. This is one of the most beautiful we’ve seen. The gold dome looked gorgeous with the sun shining on it. The interior is somewhat more “plain” than most we’ve seen but is also very elegant with beautiful marble everywhere. There is almost no wood used anywhere.

After our tour inside we walked around the grounds enjoying the beauty of the trees and various statues and fountains. The weather was perfect for taking a walk on the grounds.

After lunch we left Charleston heading west on I-64. We made a stop at the Blenko Glass Company in Milton, WV. The company is known world-wide for their glass blown vases, handmade glassware, and stained glass. Unfortunately the factory was not operating today. We spent some time looking around in their showroom.

We continued west on I-64 and soon crossed into Kentucky just south of the Ohio River. We continued west to Winchester, KY, where we are parked for the night at WMSC.

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