Meriweather Lewis arrived in Wheeling on September 7, 1803 on the first leg of the trip to explore and study lands, natural features and resources, waterways, and animal life of the West. Lewis noted Fort Henry, procured second pirogue to transport supplies, picked up goods hauled from Pittsburgh and wrote to President Jefferson. Meriweather Lewis rested in Wheeling on September 8 and departed the following day down the Ohio River. One of the early descriptions of Wheeling is that of Meriwether Lewis, who described it as “a considerable village.”
Today, Wheeling is a hub for tourism and modern-day culture. Wheeling has been known for years to have something fun for everyone. Oglebay Resort has world class golf courses that welcome beginners to pros as well as pools, both indoor and out and a Zoo with over 80 species of animals nestled in 30 acres of flowers, trees, hills and valleys. Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack is a place for fun and excitement! It has over 2000 slots, 63 table games, 151 rm. Luxury hotel, 6 Restaurants, and was voted #1 greyhound Track in America. It also has the Wheeling Island Showroom that is host to regular scheduled events. If you enjoy a walk through a museum or a Theatre, Wheeling offers many. Carriage House Museum has beautiful glass and glass blowing shows. Victoria Jamboree hosts a performance the First Friday of the month plus other special dates throughout the year. The Stifel Fine Arts Center offers exhibits and musical performances throughout the year. WesBanco Arena and the Capitol Theatre hosts shows from concerts, to our local symphony and the Wheeling Nailers! The Wheeling Jamboree is still entertaining crowds.
The city’s 1,000 plus rooms ensures an abundance of amenities at multiple price points. From luxury to log cabin, condos to cottages, family-friendly suites to value-priced motels— Wheeling accommodates all visitors.