The Revolutionary War in Western Virginia
Contrary to popular opinion, the Revolutionary War had a profound impact on the course of events in what became the state of West Virginia. This tour takes you through some of the most influential events and to some of the most important sites from that conflict in what was then the borderlands of Virginia. From the sieges of Fort Henry to the Loyalist conspiracy of 1777 and the murder of the Shawnee leader Cornstalk, events in what is now West Virginia both great and small helped to determine the outcome of events in the Revolutionary-era borderlands and shape the state of Virginia. These events in turn helped to determine the character of western Virginia as it grew more and more separate from eastern Virginia and eventually became its own state.